Trans fat ban proposed for Colo. schools

11:10 AM, Jan 21, 2012   |    comments
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The bill would make margarine, vegetable shortening and other traditional trans fats off-limits. The ban would apply to school lunches, school breakfasts, a la carte side items and vending machines.

If approved, the ban would be the nation's most stringent. Many school districts have already moved away from trans fats in regular lunches, but the Colorado bill would also apply to breakfasts and after-school snacks served in schools.

Sponsors say that high rates of childhood obesity call for extra measures to limit fats. But some say the ban goes too far.

One school district is offering an open house so kids can try out new school lunch items. The "For Kids By Kid"s Nutrition Services Open House is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rocky Heights Middle School. It is a free event.

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