KFC Corporation has vowed to use a zero grams trans fat cooking oil in all 5,500 of its US restaurants by the end of April 2007.

It follows over two years of extensive testing of oil options to identify the same taste profile as existing oils, and has already begun in many KFC restaurants.

The chicken chain will now cook with a low linolenic soybean oil instead of the partially hydrogenated soybean oil currently used.

The coversion means that KFC products, including Original Recipe, Extra Crispy chicken, Crispy Strips, Wings, Boneless Wings, Honey BBQ, Buffalo and Crispy Snacker Sandwiches, Popcorn Chicken, Twisters and Potato Wedges, will now contain zero grams of trans fat.

“We are pleased to announce KFC is switching to a zero trans fat cooking oil for all of our fried products,” said Gregg Dedrick, president of KFC Corporation. “This conversion follows more than two years of extensive testing to identify an oil that provides all the same delicious taste as our original recipes with zero grams of trans fat. The great news is that KFC’s Original Recipe and Extra Crispy chicken, along with the majority of our menu items at KFC, will have the same delicious taste with zero grams of trans fat. This is a win-win for our customers.”

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“We’ve tested a number of different oils and we’re pleased we have found one that keeps our chicken finger lickin’ good – with zero grams of trans fat. Today’s announcement is a breakthrough because consumers are oftentimes asked to compromise by choosing between eliminating trans fat, and better taste. We think Colonel Sanders would be proud that we have found a solution that keeps all the delicious taste of KFC’s Original Recipe chicken, while making the majority of our menu zero trans fat, ” Dedrick added.