KFC to cut out trans-fats

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced it will stop using trans-fatty acids for most of its products from April 2007.

The news comes as New York is considering a ban on the use of trans-fats throughout its 20,000 restaurants. Trans-fats has become a major target for campaigners fighting against obesity.

At present, 80% of items on the KFC menu contain the substance and several hundred KFC outlets in the US have been trying out alternative cooking oils for some time.

KFC's decision will apply to its outlets all over America, as is the case with the Wendy's chain which led the way on this over the summer.

McDonalds promised to reduce trans-fats in its products four years ago, but has yet to find an alternative oil which it is sufficiently satisfied with.