NY Bans Most Trans Fats from Restaurants

  1. NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City banned most artificial trans fats from restaurants on Tuesday, forcing national fast-food chains and mom-and-pop diners alike to phase out artery-clogging oils from their cooking.

    The law is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States and will require restaurants including McDonald's Corp. to eliminate trans fats by July 2007.
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  3. by   Gromit
    Well, here begins the lawsuits to go after 'big mac'. The fat police are standing by. Reminds me of the big push about 10 years ago, to get McDonalds to offer healthfood menus. Sorry, but you don't go to fast-food joints to get healthy. Its not McDs' fault you're fat. I do kind of wonder how long before they get intrussive into the kitchen in your home.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    this just bugs me.
    I don't eat this garbage, but this seems to over-the-line by the gov't to me.
  5. by   Gromit
    Same here. I get my hackles up everytime the government takes yet one more step in trying to 'protect' me because they think they should tell us what we can and cannot do for our own good. The free market should be the deciding factor. It would suit me just fine if these businesses just said 'hell with it' and left New York. Unfortunately, they either wouldn't get the message, or thats their goal anyway.
  6. by   bethin
    Gee, and I thought this was a free country. I don't go to McDonald's to lower my cholesterol and lose weight. I'm fully aware when I bite into that big mac what it contains.

    I choose to eat trans fat. I wish people would quit stomping on my right to eat fat. If ya don't like it, don't eat it. No one is forcing it down anyone's throat. I'm 26 years old and I'll eat what I want.

    Just exactly who am I hurting by eating trans fat? I'm not hurting that innocent kid at the park playing tag. I'm only hurting me and that's not illegal.

    This really really makes me mad.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    this just bugs me.
    I don't eat this garbage, but this seems to over-the-line by the gov't to me.
    Have you ever known the govt to be under-the-line? :spin:
  8. by   royr
    Big Brother is watching! They are just getting the public ready for "FAT TAX" you will be weighed 1X per year at a gov testing station - and be assessed a tax based on your weight. Proceeds will be used to have yet more $$ available for gov officials to live large. (Of course they will all be exempt as usual from the rules - just like everything else). LOL!
  9. by   Shamira Aizza
    Are folks actually surprised that this kind of legislation is being spawned in one of the bluest states in the union? I just wish they'd decide if we have a 'choice' about our own bodies or not.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Mayor Bloomberg is a Republican. He has many traditional conservative values.

    Are New Yorkers are fignting this?
    When i first heard this I imagined loud protests from citizens on NYC.

    I approve of posting or labeling ingredients NOT banning additives. Do not eat fried foods any more. O doubt the fine restaurants of NYC serve foods prepared with trans fats.

    Michael Bloomberg, the city mayor, who banned smoking in bars and restaurants during his first term, dismissed cries that New York is crossing a line by trying to legislate diets.
    "Nobody wants to take away your french fries and hamburgers - I love those things, too," he said recently. "But if you can make them with something that is less damaging to your health, we should do that."

    Scotsman.com News - Health - New York stuns restaurant chains by banning the use of transfats

    The NY mayor supported Bolton for the UN
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  11. by   Shamira Aizza
    Mr. Bloomberg is a Republican in affiliation only, for the purposes of obtaining the nod to run for mayor of NYC. He was a lifelong Democrat right up until the moment he decided to run for mayor of NYC and ran in the Republican primary, and he advocates the revival of The Liberal Party.

    His approval of the decision of Thomas Frieden and the vote by the NYC Health Board does not align with any "traditional conservative" value that anyone may think he is displaying.

    This decision is crossing the line and is a display of excessive government intereference in the lives of their people. If people really don't like smoking in a restaurant, they won't go there...there is no need for a law banning smoking, or banning food preparation methods as long as they are hygenic and the people are aware and can make their own choices.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    I don't approve of the ban. But according to the news articles I've read he has reduced spending in the city. I think that is a good censervative value so long as needed services are carried out.
    There is so much waste and curruption in government.
    BUT I am saddened by the "red state" "blue state" division. There are mostly wonderful kind people in every state I have lived in or visited.
    Remember this? - USATODAY.com - Texas tourism officials worried about public intoxication crackdown
  13. by   JeanettePNP
    What's next? Salt? Sugar? Everyone knows that all foods have enough natural salt and sugar and adding extra amounts just sets you up for health problems.
  14. by   Gromit
    Shamira beat me to it, Spacenurse. Bloomberg is republican in name only (rino) -he is as liberal as they come -and I'm hard-put to find ANY "traditional conservative values" that you claim he has or stands for. Lets see... he is NOT anti-abortion. He is in favor of gun-control (i.e. anti-second amendment) -he certainly displays no recognizable traditional conservative religious values, he isn't in favor of tax cuts, and seems to believe that the government should legislate more of our behavior than less. So, uhm, WHAT "traditional conservative values" do you think he has?