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Jan 18, 2012 7:26 AM by Kate Richards

Colorado schools going after trans-fat

DENVER (AP) - School cafeterias have been taking a turn for the healthy for years. Now a bill before the state Legislature would give Colorado the nation's toughest limits on unhealthy fats in school food.

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.

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