Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070625
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File Number: 070625 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-456-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: PROHIBIT COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST FROM USING TRANS FAT Introduced: 2/28/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/24/2007
Agenda Date: 4/24/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A30
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION PROHIBITING COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST EMPLOYEES FROM USING TRANS FATS OR ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING TRANS FATS IN FOODS PREPARED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST; DIRECTING THE COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST NOT TO ENTER INTO, RENEW OR EXTEND ANY CONTRACT UNLESS THE CONTRACTOR, VENDOR, SUPPLIER OR LESSEE AGREES NOT TO USE TRANS FATS; DIRECTING COUNTY STAFF NOT TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN TRANS FATS ON ALL EXISTING CONTRACTS
Indexes: RESTAURANT
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/24/2007 11A30 Adopted P

Health and Public Safety Committee 3/15/2007 2B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Valda Christian read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. The Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented. Commissioners Gimenez, Heyman, Sosa and Chairman Moss requested co-sponsorship on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 2/28/2007 Assigned Health and Public Safety Committee 3/15/2007

County Attorney 2/28/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION PROHIBITING COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST EMPLOYEES FROM USING TRANS FATS OR ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING TRANS FATS IN FOODS PREPARED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OR THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST; DIRECTING THE COUNTY AND PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST NOT TO ENTER INTO, RENEW OR EXTEND ANY CONTRACT UNLESS THE CONTRACTOR, VENDOR, SUPPLIER OR LESSEE AGREES NOT TO USE TRANS FATS; DIRECTING COUNTY STAFF NOT TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN TRANS FATS ON ALL EXISTING CONTRACTS

BODY
WHEREAS, trans fats are chemically-engineered cooking oils that, at high levels of consumption, have been found to increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and decrease HDL (“good”) cholesterol; and
WHEREAS, trans fats are found in fried foods and baked goods, including french fries, doughnuts, pastries, pie crusts, biscuits, pizza dough, snack chips, cookies, crackers, margarines, and shortenings; and
WHEREAS, trans fats harden artery walls, increasing blood pressure, and increase dangerous inflammation that can contribute to the onset of diabetes; and
WHEREAS, effective January 1, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required food companies to list trans fats content separately on the Nutrition Facts panel of all packaged foods, such as snack chips and cookies; and
WHEREAS, the FDA’s action has caused many food manufacturers, such as Frito-Lay, Pepperidge Farms, Country Crock, Lean Cuisine, and Kellogg’s, to reformulate their foods to be able to show that their products have no trans fats; and
WHEREAS, the American Heart Association supports regulatory efforts to reduce trans fats in packaged foods, baked goods and restaurant meals, but encourages a comprehensive “phased-in approach” to eliminating the use of trans fats, which ensures that a sufficient supply of healthier alternative cooking oils and shortenings are available to restaurants and bakeries to prevent the substitution of unhealthy alternatives; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Public Schools recently prohibited the use of trans fats in foods prepared by the Miami-Dade Public Schools beginning with the 2007-08 school year; and
WHEREAS, eliminating or reducing the consumption of artificial trans fats has the promise of substantially improving the public health, and correspondingly reducing health care costs,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Prohibits County and Public Health Trust employees from using trans fats or any product containing trans fats, in foods prepared by Miami-Dade County or the Public Health Trust in facilities such as hospitals and jails; and requires County and Public Health Trust employees to use healthier alternatives notwithstanding any other provision of this resolution.
Section 2. Directs the County and the Public Health Trust not to enter into, renew or extend any contract unless the contractor, vendor, supplier or lessee agrees as part of the contract, renewal or extension:
1. Not to use trans fats in any food provided to the County or Public Health Trust;
2. Not to sell or otherwise provide to the County or Public Health Trust prepackaged foods that contain trans fats, including cookies, crackers and snack chips;
3. Not to sell or otherwise provide to the County or Public Health Trust prepared foods that contain trans fats, including catered foods;
4. Not to make available for sale or consumption at facilities owned or operated by the County or Public Health Trust food products that contain trans fats, including prepared and prepackaged foods; and
5. To use healthier substitutes in place of trans fats in all of the above-referenced circumstances.
Section 3. Directs County staff not to purchase products that contain trans fats, and instead purchase products that contain healthier alternatives, on all existing contracts where the County has the option but not the requirement to purchase or make available products that contain trans fats.
Section 4. Urges all current County and Public Health Trust contractors, vendors, suppliers and lessees to immediately discontinue using trans fats in food they provide the County and Public Health Trust or make available for sale at facilities owned or operated by the County or Public Health Trust, including prepared and prepackaged foods, and replace trans fats and products that contain trans fats with healthier substitutes.
Section 5. Directs the County Manager to provide all County contractors, vendors, suppliers and lessees that prepare, provide, or sell products containing trans fats a copy of this resolution.



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