Bill would ban trans fats in Nevada schools

(AP) - A bill that would ban trans fats in Nevada public schools got support from health advocates and some mild opposition from administrators who don't want to be food police.

A senate committee on Friday heard SB230, which bans trans fats from vending machines, student stores, and school activities. The current bill version exempts school lunches, but pending rules through the national school lunch program would ban trans fats there, too.

Trans fats raise levels of harmful cholesterol and decrease levels of healthy cholesterol. They are common in processed snack foods, fried foods and baked goods.

School board representatives said the bill's strong language could put administrators in an awkward policing role if a parent volunteer brought cupcakes to a classroom.

No action was taken Friday.


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