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H.647

Introduced by   Representative Chen of Mendon

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Health; trans fat; ban

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to ban the use of artificial trans fat by food service establishments in Vermont.

AN ACT RELATING TO PROHIBITING THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL TRANS FAT BY FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS

The general assembly finds:

(1)  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required listing trans fat content on the nutrition labels of packaged foods since 2006.

(2)  A large percentage of the food consumed by Vermonters is prepared in restaurants and other food service establishments where disclosing the presence of trans fat in food is not required.

(3)  Consumption of trans fat contributes to increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels which cause increased risks of coronary heart disease and heart attacks.

(4)  Artificial trans fat can be replaced with heart-healthier oils and fats without changing the taste of foods.

Sec. 2.  18 V.S.A. § 4370 is added to chapter 85, subchapter 2 to read:

§ 4370.  FOODS CONTAINING ARTIFICIAL TRANS FAT

(a)  Artificial trans fat restricted.  No foods containing artificial trans fat, as defined in this section, shall be stored, distributed, held for service, used in preparation of any menu item, or served in any food service establishment licensed under this chapter except food that is being served directly to patrons in a manufacturer’s original sealed package.

(b)  Definition.   For the purposes of this section, a food shall be deemed to contain artificial trans fat if the food is labeled as, lists as an ingredient, or has vegetable shortening, margarine, or any kind of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.  However, a food whose nutrition facts label or other documentation from the manufacturer lists the trans fat content of the food as less that 0.5 grams per serving shall not be deemed to contain artificial trans fat.

(c)  Enforcement.  The department of health shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations to enforce the provisions of this section.

sec. 3.  Effective date

This section shall take effect on January 1, 2009 with respect to oils, shortenings, and margarines containing artificial trans fat that are used for frying or in spreads; except that the effective date of this section with regard to oils or shortenings used for deep frying of yeast dough or cake batter and for all other foods shall be July 1, 2009.



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