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Michigan looks at labeling as a trans-fat safeguard

LANSING Mich. A proposal introduced in the Michigan legislature would require restaurants to carry a state-approved health warning on their menus about trans-fat oils and to phase out the use of artificial trans-fats starting in July, the Associated Press reported.

The proposed law also would require restaurants to list on their menus which items are made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, the source of artificial trans fats.

Aseparate proposal in Oakland County, Mich., would restrict restaurants there from serving food with trans-fatty acids by December 2008.

The Michigan Restaurant Association is opposed to government-mandated restrictions on using trans-fat oils.

At least a dozen states have reportedly introduced measures thus far in 2007 to ban or regulate the inclusion of trans fats in restaurant fare.

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