King County Washington flat out bans trans fat. The Associated Press reports:
A measure banning artificial trans fats and requiring nutritional labeling for menu items at chain restaurants has been approved by the King County Board of Health.Now, whether or not people are stupid is certainly a debatable point—just look at the low-carb craze—but I think consumers have a right to know exactly what’s in there food. No matter how obvious it may seem. Don’t you? Oh, and thanks for the article Elijah!
The measure, which applies to Seattle and most of its suburbs, was adopted after about six hours of discussion at a standing-room-only hearing Thursday over the objections of food industry and restaurant officials.
"This legislation is being driven by an obesity epidemic," board Chairwoman Julia L. Patterson said. "This is a very important element in helping to end that."
Opponents were most vehement about the labeling requirement, the second of its kind nationwide. A nutritional labeling requirement and ban on trans fats in restaurants took effect July 1 in New York.
Few if any customers don't know that a buttered 16-ounce steak is fattening, said Chris Clifford of Renton, who said he has owned several restaurants.
"I have a six-letter word to describe them: It's 'stupid,'" Clifford said. "You can't help stupid people."