Sunday, December 03, 2006

Arby's reduces trans fats

Arby's has finally reduced the trans fat in their fries.

In a press release, Arby's announced that they have "has started serving French Fries with zero grams of trans fat as calculated under FDA nutrition labeling regulations. The company is switching to a zero grams trans fat cooking oil, and has worked with its French Fry suppliers to eliminate the use of hydrogenated oil during the par-frying process at the supplier level. This makes Arby’s the first national fast food chain in the U.S. to announce the elimination of trans fat oils in French Fries from supplier to restaurant."

“We are committed to meeting our customers’ needs through great tasting and innovative products,” said Roland Smith, CEO, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “In the case of trans fats, we are not only switching to a zero grams trans fat cooking oil in our restaurants, we have also removed trans fats from the French Fry par-frying process at our suppliers’ processing plants. This is exceptional for us because we can do this while maintaining the great French Fry flavor our customers expect.”

Menu Item                      Original TFAs         New TFAs
3-Pack Chicken Tenders 2 0
5-Pack Chicken Tenders 3 0
Small Curly Fries 3 0
Medium Curly Fries 4 0
Large Curly Fries 6 1
The new French Fries and cooking oil are scheduled to be in all U.S. Arbys locations by May 1, 2007.

2 comments:

Joe said...

You might want to make two clarifications:

* the unit of measure (grams, I assume)
* the fact that "0g" doesn't mean no TFAs -- it just means less than 1g (rounded?) per serving. (Which is why, I assume, the large fries are the only size that has trans fats.)

I'm also glad you said "reduced" instead of "eliminated", as their press release seems to imply.

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