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New York to ban trans fats

29th September 2006

29092006_doughnut1.jpgNew York's board of health has released plans to impose restrictions on the use of trans fats, which will make it the first city in the US to do so.

The board want to ban all but tiny quantities of trans fats - a limit of half a gram - from being used in its 24,000 restaurants, cafes and street stalls across the city.

The plans have been agreed by the board of health and the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. They propose a limit of half a gram of trans fats in any item served from the menus; a serving of chips contains anything up to eight grams.
 
Trans fats are used in baking of cakes, doughnuts, bread, and for deep frying. Health experts have warned that the fats raise blood cholesterol levels and therefore contribute to heart disease by raising blood cholesterol levels. Around 18,000 New Yorkers under 65 die of heart disease each year.

December is the deadline set by the board of health for consultation on the proposal; restaurants will then have until July to implement the change.

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