Baltimore Joins Montgomery County in Moving Toward Trans-Fat-Free Future


Statement of CSPI Health Policy Deputy Director Julie Greenstein

March 18, 2008

Last night, Baltimore took a major step toward becoming the second major Maryland jurisdiction to get rid of artificial trans fat. The city council unanimously passed a bill phasing out partially hydrogenated oils—the main source of trans fat, which increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. The measure gives restaurants 18 months to make the switch. We urge Mayor Sheila Dixon to sign it into law as soon as possible.

Montgomery County passed a similar measure in May. New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, have passed similar legislation in the past two years, as have other jurisdictions.

With no leadership from the Food and Drug Administration on this issue, cities have had to take this important public health issue into their own hands, and we hope other cities will follow suit. Cities like Baltimore are recognizing that the costs to restaurants are so modest and temporary, and the benefits to the public are so obvious and permanent.

 

Get Updates Via Email

Journalists can receive CSPI news releases via email.
Not a journalist?

Sign Up for Email Now

NAH

NAH

Subscribe Now

Subscribe Now »

Subscribe Today and Save!

In Recent Issues


Cover Story: 1 in 8: What You May Not Know About Breast Cancer


Special Feature: Soy Oh Soy: Is It Really Bad For You?


Brand-Name Rating: Pasta Sauce


NAH
Subscribe Now

Request permission to reuse content

The use of information from this site for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited without written permission from CSPI.

BBB
Guidestar