San Francisco votes for voluntary heave-ho of trans fats

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to institute a program intended to encourage restaurants to stop cooking with trans fats. To participate, restaurants will be required to pay a $250 fee.

Under the plan, which was supported by the city’s Golden Gate Restaurant Association, restaurants that agree to rid their menus of trans fats will receive a decal promoting the venue as free of the harmful partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

The legislation’s author, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, expressed hopes that the voluntary program will eventually become a mandatory ban, similar to those already enacted in New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Rules for enactment of the legislation will be created by San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.