PLANO, Texas -- As of January 2006, all food manufacturers will be required to list the amount of trans fat in a serving of each food item on the Nutrition Facts packaging panel. In 2003, Frito-Lay Inc. was the first major food company to have made this change to its core products, well in advance of the Food & Drug Administration mandate for trans fat labeling.

Frito-Lay eliminated trans fats by converting from hydrogenated oils to corn and sunflower oils. In addition to being trans fat-free oils, they are low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (commonly known as omega-6), which health experts recommend.

As the first major food company to accomplish this undertaking, without compromising taste and quality, Frito-Lay reduced the amount of trans fats in the American diet and took chips off the list of leading contributors of trans fat.*

Along with listing the trans fat content on the Nutrition Facts panel of its core products, Frito-Lay also included a "0 grams trans fat" message on the front of select packaging to help consumers more easily identify snacks that contain zero grams of trans fats per serving.

These efforts are part of Frito-Lay's tradition of product innovation. In the early '80s, Frito-Lay moved to using polyunsaturated oils in its snacks. In the mid '80s, the company launched reduced-fat snacks. In the early '90s, the first "Baked!" snacks were introduced.

Frito-Lay North America is the convenient foods division of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.

*Source: FDA data report in final trans fat rule.

SOURCE Frito-Lay Inc. via PR Newswire.