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Monday, July 23, 2007

NYC's Trans Fat Ban Ignored at Home, Followed Elsewhere

New York City's trans fat ban, which kicked in earlier this month, is getting about as much respect from restarauteurs as it should. Which is not much, according to the New York Post.
Under the new law, restaurants were supposed to switch to cooking oils or spreads that contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving by this month.

But a survey of several popular city eateries - from swanky bistros to late-night diners - found shocking levels of trans fats in some dishes.

A Post reporter visited 12 restaurants in three boroughs and asked for a side of fries - only to discover that five contained the dangerous fat.

Just one of the guilty chow houses - Moonstruck Diner on West 23rd in Chelsea - 'fessed up to having trans fat.

"We haven't made the switch," said an employee to a Post reporter posing as a customer.
Seattle and its environs implemented a similar trans fat ban last week.

Are customers even clamoring for their food to be deep-fried in healthier oils? Not really. Kentucky Fried Chicken is finding its Canadian customers don't find its transition to trans-fat-free fried chicken finger-licking good, and the new cooking oil has "actually hurt sales and profit".

More on the NYC ban and other dumb Big Smaller-Portion Apple laws here.