Linda L. Leake

New York City’s Dept. of Health ( on December 5, 2006, voted to ban all but trace amounts of artificial trans fats in restaurant cooking. Restaurants will have to eliminate margarines, oils, and shortenings used for spreading and frying that contain more than 0.5 g of trans fat/serving by July 1, 2007, and then remove from menus all food items that exceed that limit by July 1, 2008.

Baked goods and many other foods served in restaurants or processed by food companies are being reformulated to reduce or eliminate the amount of trans fat that these products contain. This is arguably the most significant municipal health-related regulation since New York City am…

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