The Food and Drug Administration has extended by an additional 60 days the comment period on its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) no longer belong on the list of ingredients generally recognized as safe (GRAS). The new deadline is 8 March, 2014.
The agency announced its plan in November. If FDA's preliminary determination is finalised, then PHOs would become food additives subject to premarket approval by the agency. Foods containing unapproved food additives are considered adulterated under US law, meaning they cannot be sold legally.
Source: The Food and Drug Administration