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Delphi Question: Cafeterias trans-fat–free?
Delphi Question #569
(received January 2): Recently New York City voted
to ban the use of artificial “trans fats” in
that city’s dining establishments. Many food manufacturers
are also eliminating this type of fat, given its well-documented
Does the UCAR cafeteria currently use artificial trans
fats in its fried or baked products? If so, is there a
plan to eliminate these fats, and if so, when is the target
date? I realize the cafeteria cannot cater to every health
concern, but this one seems especially important. I enjoy
the cafeteria’s food, and I’d like to be able
to sample a doughnut or a serving of French fries without
worrying that this unnecessary and dangerous type of fat
might be present.
Response (received January 9): The UCAR/NCAR/UOP
cafeterias have been aware of the movement to ban artificial
trans fats and have already replaced many items that contain
these fats for several years now. All the cafeterias use
liquid canola fryer oil and cook with an olive oil blend
and butter. We sell Orowheat brand breads, which contain
no trans fats. We also sell scones, danishes, croissants,
ciabatta, focaccia, and rustic and French breads from Bluepoint
Bakery that contain no trans fats. For breading, we use panko,
a Japanese-style breadcrumb that contains no trans fats.
We are currently working with our primary vendors (Sysco,
Shamrock, and U.S. Foods) to purchase all trans-fat–free products,
which would include griddle oil, crackers, tortillas, chips,
etc. The doughnuts we sell, however, are made with vegetable
shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean oil).
While we are working to eliminate trans fats completely,
we want our clientele to know that we already have many food
products that are trans-fat–free. Please continue to
read food labels and ask cafeteria personnel if you have
any more concerns.
—Nancy Post van der Burg
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