Proposed plan to trim trans fats targets Brooklyn eateries

GERRITSEN BEACH - Artery-clogging trans fats could be cut from Brooklyn restaurants and eateries if city health officials have their way.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the plan Tuesday. Experts say trans fats, which are labeled as "partially hydrogenated oil," are often found in doughnuts, fries, pie crusts and other popular items. However, they say food can be prepared using healthier oils like soy, corn and canola without sacrificing taste.

While some restaurant owners are in favor of the plan, others say many of their items are provided by suppliers. They say customers may end up footing the bill to change those suppliers.

The Board of Health will not consider the proposal until at least December. If passed, city restaurants will have 18 months to purge trans fats from their menus. Restaurants could face fines if inspectors find items containing trans fats. The proposal also calls for calorie counts to be posted for customers.

Related Information The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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