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Independent Trans Fat Ban Could Mean Nationwide Movement

It seems as though the decision that took place last month for New York to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants has spurred an interest in many cities across the country that are considering to do the same. Of these, Los Angeles may be the first large city to get the ball rolling.

Attorneys for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and LA City Council advised officials that state law would not permit a local ban on trans fats. With this in mind the group’s desire to take a proactive approach resulted in an alternative measure: a voluntary ban by restaurants on trans fats.

A plan such as this would be incentive driven with things such as window decals that would let a potential customer know if the establishment they are thinking about eating in is trans fat free or not.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health for Los Angeles County, feels this type of information could help customers make better eating decisions. The stickers “could help consumers decide if they want to go into a restaurant,” he said.

The non-law may not be necessary, according to some.

In August, Wendy’s made an announcement that included removing all trans fats from its menu. Soon after, establishments such as Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, MacDonald’s and Starbucks made similar statements.

What I like most about this situation is that the public is taking matters into their own hands and taking action.

Rather than waiting for “Big Brother” who’s actually supposed to be monitoring things like this in a supposed effort to keep the public’s safety a priority, they are making things happen independently.

It was only a matter of time before people started realizing how dangerous trans fats actually are. Now, thankfully the city of Los Angeles will be the first of many to take the best possible measures to eliminate this poison from public restaurants.

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Comments

Comment from delfi marino
Time February 4, 2007 at 7:20 pm

What’s the point talking about restaurants or about the infamouses Poison’s Dispensers that are McDonald,Taco Bell,Kentucky etc.? Give a look to the supermarkets shelters. Are FULL of products,even babies products, even the so-called health food, conteining trans fats!!! Dont’ make me laugh about the
statements done by the above-mentioned. They just removed the fats from a display shelter to a hidden shelter. Do you really think that they ready to use real butter or extra-vergin olive oil, instead of the “succulent” tallow? To spend $ 5 instead of 1 cent? Let me know! Thanks and go on, dear Mangano with your wonderful work.PICKAXE on them without mercy! Sorry about my broken English! I’m Italian!

Comment from Brian Hannay
Time February 8, 2007 at 3:32 am

Something you may or may ot have heard.MacDonalds here in Australia have now been given The Heart Foundation tick of aproval but,only on nine of its menu items – personaly Iam a little sus of this as I heard quite some time ago you only have to make a sizeable donation and the ticks are yours..Trans fats should have been taken of the market years ago.

Comment from Allan Tan Kim Kia
Time February 11, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Salute to you, Mangano!

We need to continue to educate, educate and educate to win the trans fat battle. When people are more aware, of the adverse effect of trans fat, the choice will shift non-trans fat products. Though we can’t eliminate trans fat ‘quickly’, but we can certainly counter measure it.

I have been education my family to make a healthier choice and invest in better fats like using olive oil and omega 3 fatty acid supplementation. We also avoid food with trans fat, like margarine.

Cheers,

Allan Tan Kim Kia

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