Proposed plan to trim trans fats targets Bronx eateries

Artery-clogging trans fats could be cut from Bronx 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

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."