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New trans fat resolution calls for public education and awareness

Thursday December 20, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
                Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752

The Louisville Metro Council has given approval a resolution that calls for more education and public awareness of the health effects of trans fats.

“I believe we have come up with a compromise on this issue, that will not only help the public but local businesses as well,” says Councilman Jim King (D) 10. “This proposal will provide education and give local restaurants the time needed to make any adjustment away from trans fats.

Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21 filed an ordinance in late 2006 which called for a complete ban on the use of trans fat in restaurants in the Metro Area.

“My goal is to protect the public’s health and make sure everyone aware of this as a major concern,” says Johnson. “Many national restaurant chains are moving away from trans fats and I would like to see Louisville do the same. I am pleased with this compromise.”

Under the compromise proposal, the Metro Public Health and Wellness Department would conduct education programs informing the public about the harmful effects and dangers of consuming products that contain trans fats. The resolution also asks the Department to review this issue for appropriate regulatory action, if any is needed.

“I think this approach is something that everyone can agree upon,” says King. “I appreciate the cooperation of Councilman Johnson Councilman Kelly Downard (R) 16 and Committee Chairwoman Mary Woolridge (D) 3.”

The resolution was approved by voice vote.

Sponsors:
Dan Johnson (D0 21
Jim King (D) 10
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3