Trans Fat :: Trans-fat ban in restaurants

New York City has adopted the nation’s first ban on the use of trans-fat oils in the city’s restaurants, while Chicago is considering a similar law.

In our health- conscious society, this approach is gaining traction, but the question becomes, When does marketing trump municipal law? Several national restaurant franchises have been promoting a transition to non-trans fats for more than two years, and this particular law won’t affect smaller restaurants with less than $20 million in annual sales. While prohibition can raise public awareness, the benefit may be limited, compared to the time and effort it would take a city to enforce such a ban.”