Mass. health official looks for alternate route to trans-fat ban

BOSTON A month after the state legislature failed to ban trans fat from restaurant kitchens, Massachusetts’ top health official is reportedly looking to outlaw the artery clogger by decree.

Public health commissioner John Auerbach told the Boston Globe that he was investigating whether the state health department has the authority to impose a ban similar to the one he helped to push into law while he was public health chief of Boston. That law takes effect Sept.

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