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Cleveland suing Ohio over trans fat ban



Published: Wed, January 4, 2012 @ 11:31 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city has sued the state for the right to ban the sale of prepared foods that contain artery-clogging trans fats.

The city filed suit Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court seeking to invalidate the state law that blocked the ban.

Mayor Frank Jackson says the state law unconstitutionally takes away the city’s home-rule rights.

The city ordinance passed last year would ban industrially produced trans fats in restaurant meals and grocery and bakery takeout items.

The Ohio Restaurant Association backed the state legislation and says it will mean consistent statewide regulations. It says the Cleveland ordinance would lead to burdensome record-keeping for restaurants and could hurt job growth and raise prices.


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