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NYC Outs Artificial Trans Fat From New York York City's Restaurants

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NYC Bans Trans Fat

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Health department facilitates restaurant implementation, ensures phased removal of artificial trans fat from restaurants by July 1, 2008

Restaurants are a major source of artificial trans fat, but customers currently have no practical way to know whether food they eat contains it. Yesterday, the New York City Board of Health voted unanimously to make New York City even healthier by requiring that all City restaurants remove artificial trans fat over the next 18 months. New York City is the first location in the nation to ensure removal of artificial trans fat from restaurants. Artificial trans fat increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death by increasing bad cholesterol and decreasing good cholesterol. The final notice of adoption is online at www.nyc.gov/

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said, "The day we introduced this proposal, we emphasized that we would review public comments carefully. The message we heard was clear: New Yorkers overwhelmingly favor action to get artificial trans fat out of their restaurants. We also heard from restaurant operators who voiced real difficulties making the transition, and we have