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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Waltham rep pushes trans fat ban

WALTHAM

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Koutoujian speaking at an event last year
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Greene)

Massachusetts is considering following New York City's lead and banning restaurants from serving artery-clogging artificial trans fats -- a move some lovers of greasy food are giving a thumbs-down.

State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, D-Waltham, co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health, filed a bill Tuesday to make Massachusetts the first state to impose the ban.

"It's basically killing people," Koutoujian said.

He said health officials have known about the "evils" of trans fat for years. He said two recent developments -- greater access to non-trans fat cooking oils and a move by some major restaurant chains to get away from trans fat -- now make a statewide ban possible.

-- AP

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