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Legal Consequences of Trans Fats

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I heard a tort-reform advocate spouting off about lawsuits built on obesity and couldn’t understand what why he was harping on it. Could Supersize Me have scared him that badly? Now it’s starting to make a little more sense.

CS Monitor: Lead paint, cigarettes: Are trans fats next?

In Pelman v. McDonald’s Corp., 237 F. Supp. 2d 512 (S.D.N.Y., Apr. 7, 2003), the court held that “legal consequences should not attach to the consumption of hamburgers and other fast food fare unless consumers are unaware of the dangers of eating such food.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t know Trans fats from Fats Domino, and can’t lend an informed opinion as to whether or not it’s as bad for one’s health as is suggested by some. If true, however, the addition of preservatives to which most ordinary people would be oblivious seems precisely the kind of thing court’s rule would allow.

Anyone care to enlighten me on the validity of the health impact of trans fat consumption one way or the other?

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