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      Senate votes to get trans fats out of school food

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      The Illinois Senate wants to get those french fries and other high-fat foods out of school cafeterias and vending machines soon.

      The Senate voted 33-19 Thursday to remove foods with trans fats added or cooked into them. Foods with naturally occurring trans fats such as meat, milk and cheese would still be allowed.

      The removal would occur over a two-year period.

      Eight other states already restrict or ban trans fats in schools.

      Supporters say it's an important step to get children to eat healthier, especially students whose only meals come while they're at school.

      Critics argue it's unnecessary and could be a big cost burden on schools.

      The measure now heads to the House.

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