Humble meat pie a health hazard

21:50, Jul 28 2009
PIE OF DOOM: Meat pies have high levels of trans fats.

New Zealand's national food, a piping hot meat pie with tomato sauce, contains worrying levels of trans fats, research by consumer group Choice shows.

A hazardous level of trans fats was found in 12 Australian snack favourites analysed by Choice, including Four'n Twenty Traditional Meat Pies, Pampas Short Crust Pastry and McDonald's McCafe Iced Donuts.

In Australia, trans fats, linked with heart disease and diabetes, do not have to be listed on food labels.

Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn says clearer labelling is needed.