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Denmark's crackdown on trans fats is working



Published: Wed, October 18, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Two years ago, Denmark declared war on artery-clogging oils, making it illegal for any food to have more than 2 percent trans fats. Offenders now face hefty fines -- or even prison terms.

The result? Today, hardly anyone notices the difference. The french fries are still crispy. The pastries are still scrumptious. And the fried chicken is still tasty.

Denmark's experience offers a hopeful example for places like Canada and New York City, which are considering setting limits on the dangerous artery-clogging fats.

Trans-fatty acids are typically added as partially hydrogenated oils to processed foods.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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