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.
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