California Bans Trans Fats In Restaurants


This afternoon, California became the first state to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants. While the ban was not supported by the California Restaurant Association, Governor Schwarzenegger <a href=signed official legislation Friday noting trans fats are a leading cause to coronary disease.

“Today we are taking a strong step toward creating a healthier future for California,” he said.

Surprisingly a number of national cities currently have trans fats enforcement, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle. But don’t expect a change right away. California’s ban will go into effect on January 1, 2010 – nearly a year and a half away, with the use of trans fats in dough and cake batter allowed until January 1, 2011.

Do you think it’s the government’s responsibility to regulate trans fat usage in restaurants? If so, do you think fines topping out at only $1,000 are effective deterrents for violators?