June 29, 2007
The Honorable Tony Mendoza
Member, Calif. State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 5144
Sacramento, CA 94249-0056
RE: SUPPORT – AB 97 (As amended 6/05/07)
Dear Assemblymember Mendoza:
The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) is pleased to announce its support for your consumer health bill, AB 97.
AB 97 will require all food facilities, including retail establishments, licensed health care facilities and commissaries, to
maintain the nutritional label for any food or food additive that is or includes fat, oil or shortening. This bill will also
phase out the use of trans fatty acids (or trans fats) by initially prohibiting the use and distribution of oil, shortening, or
margarine containing trans fats within all food facilities. By July 2010, this bill will prohibit any food containing artificial
trans fats from being used, stored, served or distributed by all food facilities. AB 97 would exempt from these
prohibitions, food sold or served in a manufacturer's original, sealed package.
According to the Institute of Medicine, dietary patterns begin in childhood and shape the health of Americans, which
result from an interplay of many factors--genetics and biology, culture and values, economics, physical and social
environments, and commercial media environments.1 Therefore, ensuring that environments are supportive of good health
is a fundamental responsibility, requiring leadership and action from all sectors. In its tiered approach to address this issue
of consumer information and protection regarding trans fats, AB 97 addresses this fundamental responsibility.
Trans fatty acids or trans fat have been shown to increase LDL or “bad” cholesterol and lower HDL or “good” cholesterol
therefore increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. Additionally, trans fatty acids may be linked to a greater risk for
Type 2 diabetes, liver dysfunction and obesity. Indeed, the New England Journal of Medicine (April 2006) concluded that
from a nutritional standpoint, the consumption of trans fatty acids results in considerable potential harm but no apparent
benefit.2 Research has shown that a diet low in trans fats is one of the keys to healthy nutrition and positive health choices.
The California Chiropractic Association believes that healthy, balanced nutrition is a key component of preventive
medicine. AB 97 is far reaching in addressing the problem of trans and artificial trans fats. AB 97 not only targets the
school age population, but includes hospitals and retail food establishments. This bill raises the awareness of trans fats by
requiring labeling of these products to eventually eliminate the use of artificial trans fats within these facilities. These
efforts and especially the eventual elimination of artificial trans fats from foods available at food facilities are excellent
steps in providing healthy, positive nutritional support. This elimination will assist in lowering the consumption of
artificial trans fat, thus reducing the risk for coronary heart disease, lifetime obesity, and Type 2 diabetes in both children
If you have any questions, please contact CCA’s Government Affairs Director, Kristine Shultz at (916) 648-2727 x 130.
William Updyke, DC
cc: Senate Health Committee
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? December 6, 2005. Accessed
3/22/07 at http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3788/21939/31330.aspx.
2 Mozaffarian D, Katan MB, Ascherio A, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC (April 2006). "Trans Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease". New England
Journal of Medicine 354 (15): 1601-1613.