This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Update to Oreo Lawsuit

Stephen Joseph from issued a press release yesterday indicating that he is voluntarily dismissing the Oreo lawsuit because,

The factual and legal basis for the lawsuit when it was filed was that the American people did not know about trans fat. At best, perhaps 10-15 percent knew. The American people were being kept in the dark by the food manufacturers. The word "trans fat" is not even on food labels. That was then. This is now.

Apparently, Mr. Joseph has received tons of email from people who, thanks to the lawuit, now know what trans fat is and know how to avoid it (if they want to). Trans fat usually isn't explicitly labeled on packages, and Kraft was opposing this labeling because it would be "confusing," even though the FDA says that we should eat none of it. Now, in response to the lawuit, Kraft has announced that it is "actively exploring ways to reduce trans fats in Oreo." And other foods I hope.

I'm inspired and will send an email to Krispy Kreme donuts (they fry their donuts in 100% vegetable shortening)!

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