New York City’s Board of Health has been discussing the limiting of trans fats in the city’s some 20,000 restaurants– from McDonald’s to the corner breakfast carts. If the proposal is enacted, restaurants would be required to restrict trans fat content to 0.5 grams per serving of any menu item. In recent years, some restaurants had already begun to limit their use of trans fat as the Board of Health strongly suggested they do so in 2002. Now, it may not be just a suggestion. The final decision won’t be made until December, and if enacted, restaurants would have until 2008 to adjust recipes and comply.

“Big Brother in the Kitchen? New Yorkers Balk” (NYT)
“NYC eyes ban on restaurant trans fat” (
If you want to read the actual proposal….