NYC: Trans Fat is Toast

You had to see this coming—trans fat is getting the boot! According to Ellen Barry of The Los Angeles Times members of the New York City Board of Health voted unanimously to prohibit restaurateurs from cooking with artificial trans fats. Read on:
The ban is a more stringent measure and one that's being watched by public health agencies nationwide. New York's 24,000 restaurants have six months to change their frying oils and 18 months to find substitutes for baked and deep-fried goods, like doughnuts…

… The city's move has been opposed by representatives of chain restaurants, such as Domino's and Applebee's, and by restaurant industry groups. Charles Hunt, executive vice president of the New York State Restaurant Assn., said he hoped to fight the ban through legislative or legal channels.
Now, even though it’s widely reported that trans fat is bad, I don’t know how I feel about the ban. Is this a ban against people’s right to choose, or, is it big brother watching out for us? I'm still torn. How do you feel about it?
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Louise - December 8, 2006 1:03 PM

You're torn? I can't believe it! The Harvard School of Public Health and Wageningen University has found that removing trans fats from the industrial food supply could prevent tens of thousands of heart attacks and cardiac deaths each year in the U.S. The public depends on the government protecting them from harmful consumer products, especially food and drugs. Maybe you're in favor of legalizing drugs as well?
It's better for society if laws conform to benefit the human organism, IMO.

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