Lawmaker Wants to Bring Back Trans Fat Ban

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker who sponsored failed legislation to ban artificial trans fat from restaurants says he’ll try again with a version excluding baked goods like doughnuts.

Rep. La Shawn Ford says he’ll attempt to raise awareness about the artery-clogging effects of trans fat before reintroducing the bill. The Chicago Democrat acknowledges a trans fat ban may have been difficult for small businesses.

The Illinois House passed the bill, but it failed in the Senate — even with a Senate amendment excluding bakeries.

Illinois would have been the second state after California to pass a trans fat ban. Opponents of such laws say the food industry already is eliminating the ingredient on its own.

The current U.S. Dietary Guidelines call for keeping levels of artificial trans fat as low as possible.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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