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Illinois lawmakers look to ban trans fats from school cafeterias

April 11, 2008
by NGUYEN HUY VU
Associated Press, Illinois

Nearly 16 percent of Illinois youngsters ages 10-17 are overweight, the 14th highest percentage in the country, according to Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention. Illinois' bill would require the State Board of Education to eliminate cafeteria food cooked with vegetable oils containing trans fats by July 2009. A year later, all foods with added trans fats from cafeterias, vending machines and a la carte items would be outlawed. Foods with naturally occurring trans fats - including meat, milk and cheese - would be exempt.

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