Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) are the main source of industrially produced trans fats. Since high levels of intake of trans fats have been shown to lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, PHOs have been restricted for use as a food ingredient in many countries.
A decade before trans fats labels on food packages became mandatory in the U.S. in 2006, Cargill was one of the global leaders in the move away from PHOs. Since the 1990s, we have been offering alternative ingredients and expert advice, helping hundreds of food companies change their products without sacrificing taste, texture or shelf life.
- In the U.S., we stopped selling and producing PHOs for food uses in December 2015, well ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s mandatory removal date of June 2018.
- The PHO alternatives we offer include high oleic canola oil, naturally solid fats such as palm and palm kernel oil, hard fractions of fat, fully hydrogenated oil, which doesn’t contain trans fats in any meaningful amounts, and a host of other solutions.
- Since 2011, Cargill has helped more than 300 customers move away from PHOs. With 2,000 Research & Development scientists across the world and Customer Innovation Centers on every continent, we have the technical capabilities to help customers reformulate their products with existing Cargill ingredients or help them to develop new solutions.
- Government regulations about PHOs vary between countries. Cargill’s businesses outside of the U.S. may continue to sell PHOs and products containing PHOs for human food on the condition that those uses meet all local regulatory requirements and any of Cargill’s voluntary commitments. At the same time, we are working with our customers globally to reduce or eliminate the use of PHOs, offering the same solutions that have proven successful at reducing PHO consumption in other countries.