Disease Proof

Trans Fat and Rat Poop

You’ve read the papers right? Trans fat, not so good for you. Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t like it, Chicago wants to ban it, New York City is thinking about banning it—but can it be likened to rat poop? The Daily Intelligencer has more:
The city Health Department doesn't recall ever likening eating trans fats to eating spoiled food or rodent droppings, but officials say they must simply have meant that if the stuff were outlawed, violators would be subject to the same fines as those who serve contaminated eats. For the record, though, consuming rodent waste can lead to contracting the deadly hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which can look like the flu but soon clog your lungs with thick fluid. And the effects of eating rotten food can run the gamut from a nasty taste in your mouth to the runs to truly serious illnesses like listeriosis and salmonella.
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