You knew it was coming anyway, now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized their plan to remove poly-hydrogenated oils (phos) or artificial trans fats from the list of ingredients on the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) listing for use in human food products.   Commonly used phos have been on the GRAS list since sometime in the 1950s, but the government over the last 20 years has undertaken a concerted effort to reduce the human intake of artificial trans fats realizing a 78% reduction since 2003.  Trans fats have been identified as having contributed to increases in heart disease. The final FDA regulations grant food manufacturers a three-year phase out of phos, mandating their complete elimination by June 18, 2018.