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Illinois House Passes Ban On Trans Fats In School Vending Machines, Restaurants, Etc.

April 13, 2011: 10:33 AM EST
The Illinois House has passed legislation that would ban trans fats in foods served in restaurants, movie theaters, cafes, bakeries and school vending machines. Foods likely to be affected by the ban include French fries, onion rings, popcorn shrimp, pies, cakes and fried chicken. The ban, if approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, would take effect in 2013 (2016 in school cafeterias). California is the only other state to enact such a ban, though more than a dozen jurisdictions, including New York City, have implemented similar bans on trans fats, which have been shown to increase levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), reduce levels of good cholesterol (HDL), and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Monica Eng and Julie Deardorff, "llinois takes step toward banning trans fats - Bill that cleared House would take effect in 2013", Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2011, © Chicago Tribune Newspaper
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