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French fries are seen in Hollywood, California in a October 3, 2007 file photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fat in processed food, saying reducing such fat in the American diet could prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/files

U.S. FDA moves to ban trans fats, citing health risks

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By Toni Clarke and Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fat in processed food, a move that was welcomed by public health advocates but which rattled vegetable oil markets and pushed prices down sharply.

The FDA said reducing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from the American diet could prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.

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