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NY suburb eyes trans fat ban again

MINEOLA N.Y. Following in the path of nearby New York City, Nassau County is reconsidering a ban of trans fats from restaurant kitchens and a mandate that operators post calorie counts for each food item they offer.

County executive Thomas Suozzi called for the restrictions some three months after Nassau's legislature voted down similar legislation forcing local restaurateurs to ban artificial trans fats. The county Board of Health is expected to discuss the issue this week.

Norma Henriksen, acting chairwoman for the board, said it would try to make the regulations “as unburdensome as possible for those who will have to comply.”

In December, New York City's Board of Health banned artificial trans fats and mandated some menu labeling, effective July 1. Since then numerous states and municipalities have introduced similar regulations.

Nassau County is the upscale bedroom community just east of the city.

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