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New Laws 2010: California bans trans fat in restaurants

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By David Liu

Starting on Jan 1, 2010, California prohibits restaurants from using oils, margarines and shortening with more than half a gram of trans fat per serving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The new law was actually passed by the California Legislature in 2008, but the state gave the restaurants time to change their recipes and menu to avoid introduction of trans fat into restaurants-prepared meals.

Trans fat has been linked to a number of health problems like diabetes and heart disease. It's probably also linked to other cardiovascular diseases among other things.

California also passed a similar new law that will apply to baked goods on Jan 1, 2011.

Another new California law passed in 2006 gave residents until Jan 1, 2010 to reduce lead in specific plumbing fixtures to a new standard under 0.25 percent.

New laws are good news for lawyers and attorneys.

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Church And Government on 01/03/2010 02:09:07
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I have to tell you that the lists of new laws are bull. The elected officials we put in office should spend there time more wisely.
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Ash on 01/04/2010 11:42:44
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Good for California! I rarely eat out in restaurants anymore because it is increasingly clear that even salads in restaurants can be filled with unhealthful ingredients such as trans fats. NY Times recently had an article about meat scraps formerly used in dog food that are now being treated with ammonia then used in hamburgers in fast food restaurants and school lunch programs. Without regulation, it’s all just about making a buck off you and your family regardless of the consequences to your health. There are lots of healthy oils available so that you won't even notice the difference in taste of your favorite foods when no trans fats are used.
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Waste on 01/08/2010 00:01:45
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This is such a waste of our judicial system. We've already seen that trying to control behavior through prohibition does NOT work. Spend the money on something that matters and allow us as American Adults to choose what we put in our bodies.
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coco chanel clothes on 10/28/2010 08:29:29
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hello
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