Earlier today the New York City Board of Health voted unanimously to ban trans fats in restaurants, effective July 1, 2007 and in 'eateries' such as bakeries as of July 1, 2008. For each ban, venues will have a three month grace period beyond these dates to comply fully. The ban makes New York City the first major U. S. city to issue such policy. Trans fats, of course, raise "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol, sharply raising the risk of heart disease.
In related news, Eater lawmakers have approved a ban on trans fat ban hysteria, effective immediately.
· Trans fat ban unanimously approved [Crain's NY Business]
· NYC health board bans trans fats at restaurants [CNN]