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Cornish Schools Scrap the Fat

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 18th November 2012.

Two Cornish schools say they will not be dishing up dangerous fats which can trigger heart attacks and strokes.

It is part of a crackdown on artificial fats which push up cholesterol levels.

The Duchy's NHS and Cornwall Council are launching a campaign to get local food producers and outlets to remove trans fats from their ingredients and production methods.

Penair School in Truro and St Breock near Wadebridge are among sixty-nine organisations who have signed up to the crackdown so far.

Martine Harrington is Catering Manager at Penair School. She said: "We are trying to cut obesity in children, we're just trying to make them be healthier because later on in life, these things will affect them, especially with heart disease as well. If they're getting at least one healthy meal a day and I know I've given it to them, then I'm happy.

"We've gone back to basics, just proper home cooking; fresh meat, fresh veg, fresh fruit. We've cut a lot of things down; low fat cheese, low fat yoghurt, and basically that helps the meal that we serve, and they still taste the same."

The British Medical Journal estimates that eradicating trans fats would prevent 27,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "This is a fantastic start to the campaign, with food producers and caterers clearly embracing the health reasons for removing trans fats. We'd like to see many more join those who have got in early with their pledges."

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