Tom Farley discusses the FDA's trans fat ban on The Takeaway

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Food items which contain trans fat are shown on November 7, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Food items which contain trans fat are shown on November 7, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils as they are called on nutrition and ingredient labels, have become a rarity since food activists linked them to high cholesterol. Doctors also can't agree if they are safe.

Food companies like Conagra— which sells products like Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher's popcorn—along with General Mills, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury have reduced the use of trans fats in over 90 percent of their products.

And today the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is ordering food manufacturers to stop using trans fat within three years.

Here to weigh in on the FDA's proposal is Dr. Thomas Farley, CEO of The Public Good Projects and the former health commissioner of New York City.