Delaware Bans Trans Fats In Schools

July 1, 2011

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed DE H 3, which prohibits public schools, including charter schools, and school districts from making available or serving food or beverages with more than 0.5 grams of artificial trans fatty acids to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The National Automatic Merchandising Association notes that the law applies to vending machines, school cafeterias or school food service establishments. The bill takes effect 90 days after its enactment into law. For more information, contact Pam Gilbert of the National Automatic Merchandising Association at [email protected].

Editor's Insight: Lawmakers should realize that the Food and Drug Administration is in the process of determining nationwide calorie disclosure rules that will provide consumers all the information they need to maintain their diets. Trans fat bans are costly and logistically problematic for a government entity to enforce. 07-01-11 by Elliot Maras