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New Year’s Day In California Includes Trans Fat Ban, Part 2

The second phase of California's ban on artificial trans fats in most foodservice facilities and retail bakeries takes effect Jan. 1. California is the only state that bans restaurants and bakeries from using fats, oils or margarines that contain trans fat. Under the first phase, which took effect Jan. 1, 2010, restaurants and bakeries had to use products with less than half a gram of trans fat for frying or as spreads. The second phase gave restaurants time to retool items such as fried yeast breads, including doughnuts and baked goods. As of Jan. 1, no food containing 0.5 grams or more of artificial trans fat per serving may be stored, distributed, served or used in the preparation of any food within a foodservice facility or bakery. This prohibition also applies to the deep frying of yeast dough or cake batter.  The law in question does not apply to K-12 public schools, as they are prohibited from using such products under a separate law.

The law only applies to retail foodservice and bakeries. It does not apply to food sold or served in a “manufacturer’s original, sealed package.”

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