Colo. lawmakers consider trans-fat ban in schools

KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press Published:

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is taking aim at junk food in school cafeterias as it considers the nation's toughest school trans-fat ban.

A Colorado House committee is expected to hear a bill Thursday to forbid any trans-fat in school food -- not just the food served through regular cafeteria lunches.

That would mean vending machines, after-school bake sales and popular "a la carte" items on lunch lines such as ice creams or pizza would have to be produced without artery-clogging trans fats.

Several states already limit trans-fat in school cafeterias, but none has a trans-fat ban that extends before and after school.

Colorado has the nation's lowest obesity rate, but young people are becoming fatter along with their counterparts in other states.