Ban trans fats, NDP urges Last Updated Sat, 13 Nov 2004 18:28:33 OTTAWA - The NDP wants Canada to become the second country in the world to ban trans fats. NDP Leader Jack Layton said Friday that his party plans to introduce a motion in Parliament next week to outlaw the fats, which raise "bad cholesterol" levels and have been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Canada recently introduced rules requiring most manufactured foods to list their trans fat content on labels by 2006. Layton is urging Canada to follow the lead of Denmark, which banned processed trans fats last year, as the World Health Organization recommends. "The approach of voluntary compliance is not working," said Layton at a news conference Friday. "People expect us to have legislation to protect their health and if we'd been informed that trans fats are dangerous to your health, we'd be irresponsible if we didn't take some action." The average Canadian consumes 10 grams of trans fats a day, one of the highest rates in the world.