The citywide ban on trans fats, annouced back in December, goes into effect on July 1 (though there is as three-month grace period), and the city announced today, via press release, that 83% of restaurants are already in compliance with the law:
...83% of restaurants were not using artificial trans fat for frying as of June 1 – a full month before the new regulation will take effect...You'll have to click through for the quotes from owners of Bubba Gump Shrimp and Waterfront Ale House.
The first phase of the trans fat regulation takes effect on July 1 and applies to oils, shortening and margarines used for frying and spreading – not to baked goods or prepared foods, or oils used to deep-fry dough or cake batter. These are covered by the second phase of the regulation, which takes effect on July 1, 2008. The Health Department’s new survey found that 57% of restaurants where trans fat content could be determined were using oils free of artificial trans fat for frying, as spreads, and even for baking – a purpose covered by the 2008 deadline. That’s up from approximately 50% in 2006.
· Trans Fats, Trans Fats Ban Hysteria Banned [~E~]
· More Than 80% of NYC Restaurants Now Using Zero Grams Trans Fat Oils [nyc.gov]