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Acid, Trans Fats The Latest Casualties In Illinois’ ‘War on Obesity’

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) - Illinois’ war on obesity continues.

The Illinois House has passed a bill restricting the use of artificial trans fats in food which is, for example, served in restaurants or sold in vending machines.

The bill, carried by State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago), had a difficult time passing until Ford dropped a part of it which applied to school cafeterias. Ford believes the time will come, though, when the federal government will help Illinois wipe out the fats altogether.

Acid attacks on women made a compelling story for State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago), who has passed a bill through the House to keep a closer eye on sales of caustic substances. This is similar to the restrictions on sales of cold medicines which can be used to make meth.

 The bill passed after Mendoza said farmers and scientists, for example, would have no problem purchasing the substances they need.

HB 2193 (acid) has passed the House, 116-0.

HB 1600 (trans fats) has passed the House, 73-43.

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