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Bay State Restaurants Still Using Artificial Trans Fat Despite Health Risks
Date:3/13/2008

ed foods to switch oils. Rep. Koutoujian's bill, like others pending around the country, only applies to the trans fat that comes from artificial sources and not the small amounts that occur naturally in some foods.

Among the big three national burger chains, Burger King is the only one that has not released a timeline for phasing out artificial trans fat. A King-size order of onion rings has 6 grams of trans fat, according to the company. A meal of a regular-size order of Chicken Tenders with a large order of French fries would have eight grams of trans -- or more trans fat than should safely be consumed in four days. CSPI's litigation unit is suing Burger King (http://www.cspinet.org/new/200802252.html) in Washington, D.C., to seek an injunction preventing the company from using partially hydrogenated oil.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on nutrition, food safety, and pro-health alcohol policies. CSPI is supported by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.


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