September 28, 2006
Having Solved all Other Problems

New York City health officials are seeking to ban the use of "trans fat" in the city's 24,000 restaraunts:

The city’s health department proposed a new health code on Wednesday that, if implemented, would give restaurants six months to switch to oils, margarines and shortening that have less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. In effect, restaurants would then have until 1 July 2008 to ensure that everything on their menu has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat, per serving.

Paternalistic policy-making at its finest. "You don't know what's good for you! We do! Obey!"

Just because it's supposed to be for our own good doesn't make the whip crack any softer.

Posted by scott at September 28, 2006 11:48 AM

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Yeah I heard about this yesterday on the washpost. I think regulating like this is stupid. I think it would be a lot more useful to require restaurants to have nutritional information available to customers either by request or online. That way the consumer can make an informed decision.

Posted by: carrie on September 28, 2006 12:32 PM

By god, we'll make a libertarian out of you yet!

Posted by: Scott on September 28, 2006 12:44 PM

I still remember when trans-fats were billed as wonders of modern science that provided all of the flavor of saturated fat, and none of the health risks.

Now it's trans fats that are evil incarnate, and saturated fats, while not forgiven, are still better for you because they're "natural."

On the bright side, at least the witch-hunters are burning fats instead of people these days.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 28, 2006 02:02 PM

Just wait until we get our bonfires going - we'll be burning those people soon. Once we can agree who to burn...

Posted by: ron on September 28, 2006 05:08 PM
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