Trans-fats to be labeled starting in 2006

The Washington Post is reporting that US Department of Health and Human Services has announced that starting January 1, 2006 all food labels must contain listings for trans-fatty acids.

This is considered a success for the heart-conscious, as trans-fats are believed to be a significant contributor to to obesity, heart disease, and other significant health problems.

Already a number of companies have responded to the concern by announcing that they are re-tooling their foods to reduce the amount of trans-fats (McDonalds has announced they will be removing them altogether from french fries, Kraft is working on revising its snack foods, such as Oreo's). Yet others, like Frito-Lay have already started listing trans-fats on their labels.