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March 27, 2007

Bill to Ban Trans Fats in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, could become the first county to ban trans fats.  County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg is formally introducing her proposal today.  Michael Jacobson of The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) praised the proposal

The Food and Drug Administration has headquarters in Rockville, MD, so the ban would apply to the FDA's own cafeteria.  According to CSPI, the FDA cafeteria french fries are already virtually trans fat free.  The USDA fries are a different matter:

the fries served at the main cafeteria at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-the government's lead agency for nutrition education-had a heart-stopping 5.8 grams of trans per 6-ounces.

Montgomery County Council trans fat proposal

CSPI's statement about the Montgomery County trans fat proposal

CSPI's french fry study

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