Trans fat ban seen threatening 4 million acres of soy
U.S. farmers may lose as much as 4 million acres of annual soybean production if regulators move too quickly to ban trans fats in processed food, according to the American Soybean Association. The Food and Drug Administration said it's on a "clear track" to banning partially hydrogenated oils, the main vehicle for trans fats, because of links to heart disease. About 8 million acres of soybean-oil demand already has been lost since concerns about trans fat began prompting food processors and restaurants to switch to healthier alternatives, said American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy.
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