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City Considers Ban on Trans Fatty Acids

September 27, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Three years after New York City banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: trans fatty acids.

The city health department unveiled a proposal that would bar cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food-service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil.

Trans fats are found in some shortenings, margarine and frying oils and turn up in foods such as pie crusts, French fries and doughnuts.

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