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    MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : LAW: LEGISLATURE AND LEGISLATIVE: Proposed Laws Would Shield Food Industry From Suits Proposed Laws Would Shield Food Industry
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      MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :
      LAW: LEGISLATURE AND LEGISLATIVE:
      Proposed Laws Would Shield Food Industry From Suits


      Proposed Laws Would Shield Food Industry From Suits
      Andrews Publications
      Thompson / West
      Findlaw
      By RAE THEODORE, Andrews Publications Correspondent
      <http://news.lp.findlaw.com/andrews/bf/fra/
      20070524/20070524_commonsense.html>

      A shorter URL for the above link:

      <http://tinyurl.com/29db8n>


      Both houses of Congress have introduced identical bills aimed at
      protecting the food and beverage industries from lawsuits alleging their
      products cause obesity and other health problems.

      According to the bills, which are both called the Commonsense Consumption
      Act of 2007, weight gain and other adverse health problems are based on
      multiple factors that cannot be attributed to a specific food or drink.
      Click here to find out more!

      Those factors include a person's genetic makeup, physical activity level
      and lifestyle, the legislation says.

      Recently, fast-food giants KFC and Burger King have been the targets of
      such lawsuits. The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest
      filed actions against both chains in an effort to get the restaurants to
      stop using trans fats.

      The artificial substance found in partially hydrogenated oil has been
      found to increase bad cholesterol, decrease good cholesterol and
      contribute to heart disease.

      The group dropped its lawsuit against KFC after the chain declared its
      food trans-fat-free.

      A District of Columbia federal judge dismissed a similar suit against KFC
      because there was no evidence that patrons of the restaurant suffered any
      injury after eating trans-fat-laden food.


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