IOI Loders Croklaan, leading producer of palm-based fats and oils, is excited to launch a series of courses to educate processors about the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in their products. 

The hands-on, two-day course, titled “PHO Removal 201,” helps processors with the seamless removal of PHOs. This gives participants the opportunity to learn about the various options available, with additional focus on the impact of trans-fat on nutrition and labeling. The course is currently open for registration with two upcoming dates available on August 26-27. Details and registration can be found on

“This course reaffirms IOI Loders Croklaan’s commitment to our customers and the market, enabling them to eliminate PHO without sacrifice to taste, quality or texture,” says Tim Surin, director of sales and marketing.

The FDA has proposed to revoke the GRAS Status of PHOs, which have been used widely in processed foods such as frozen foods and baked goods. Partial hydrogenation was introduced as an alternative for saturated fat. Artificial PHOs contain trans-fats, which as stated by the FDA, have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a further reduction of trans-fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.

For additional information, contact Shellie Kramer, IOI Loders Croklaan Marketing Manager at 800-621-4710 or visit