Tuesday, December 05, 2006

NYC bans trans fat

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Board of Health voted Tuesday to make New York the nation's first city to ban artery-clogging artificial trans fats at restaurants -- from the corner pizzeria to high-end bakeries.

The board, which passed the ban unanimously, did give restaurants a slight break by relaxing what had been considered a tight deadline for compliance. Restaurants will be barred from using most frying oils containing artificial trans fats by July and will have to eliminate the artificial trans fats from all of its foods by July 2008.

Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said recently that officials seriously weighed complaints from the restaurant industry, which argued that it was unrealistic to give them six months to replace cooking oils and shortening and 18 months to phase out the ingredients altogether.

The ban contains some exceptions; for instance, it would allow restaurants to serve foods that come in the manufacturer's original packaging. ... (CNN)

I know I shouldn't eat stuff that's bad for me. I appreciate that restaurants want to help me accomplish that. [However, ] Sometimes I just wanna eat stuff that's bad for me and that's that.


Avitable said...

Yup. New York has gotten ridiculous about that shit.

AnonymousCoworker said...

Meh. It's no more invasive than recycling. Trans fats are poison, let them use regular fats.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Gecko and I are dieting. Yet, once in a while, you want something and now. Last night, we wanted pizza. Sausage, ham, onion and tomato. Thin crust, of course. Then, on the way home, she bought a half gallon of Edy's Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl. I think we'll slow our weight loss to a one-pound-per-month crawl.