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Toxins that were declared by the California Legislature to “have a detrimental impact on a person’s health” and cannot be used in school food service or food facility businesses are contained in food consumed by inmates in California prisons.

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A new law, Section 114377 of the Health and Safety Code (S.B. 97), made it illegal to use partially hydrogenated oils in food facility businesses beginning Jan. 1, 2010, and in bakery goods beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Each violation of this law can result in fines ranging from $25 to $1,000.

Jails and prisons, however, are omitted from the state’s definition of “food facility.” Thus, inmates are involuntarily exposed to these health-harmful substances with impunity. The bodies of many – if not most – so-called strikers, lifers and other long-term prisoners are too toxic to pass an artery inspection.

Partially hydrogenated oils contain industrially produced – artificial – trans fatty acids, or trans fats, which are poisonous to humans. This toxic substance increases corporate profits, but it has no nutritional value whatsoever. Indisputable scientific studies reveal that diets with even small amounts – 1 gram daily – of trans fats can cause diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other chronic diseases that lead to premature death.

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