Select your state or locality below to view the key highlights of foodservice nutrition regulatory initiatives.
Dozens of states, cities, and municipalities have considered either mandatory or voluntary efforts to hasten the transition to healthier oils in the food supply because of health considerations. In the summer of 2005, New York City attempted a voluntary trans ban, which did not prompt significant movement. In November 2006, NYC then moved to make the trans ban mandatory to stimulate more rapid action. Over the course of two years, many states and cities have followed suit. In 2008, California led the country by becoming the first state to ban trans fat and to require nutrition information on their menus.
The Challenge for operators is to get out in front of the grass roots trans fat transition by trying healthier oils that "fit" their healthier frying needs. Fried foods continue to be one of the most popular menu items and operators can help customers to continue to enjoy them by making a few adjustments to their frying protocols.
|Federal Trans Fat or Menu Labeling Initiatives|
|Connecticut||Kansas||New Hampshire||Puerto Rico||West Virginia|
|Delaware||Kentucky||New Jersey||Rhode Island||Wisconsin|
|District of Columbia||Louisiana||New Mexico||South Carolina|
|Albany, NY||Columbus, OH||Minneapolis, MN||Rockland County, NY|
|Arlington, VA||Davidson County, TN||Montgomery County, MD||Saint Paul, MN|
|Baltimore, MD||Erie County, NY||Multnomah County, OR||San Francisco, CA|
|Boca Raton, FL||Guilford County, NC||Nassau County, NY||San Mateo County, CA|
|Boston, MA||King County, WA||Needham, MA||Santa Clara County, CA|
|Brookline, MA||Lane County, OR||New York City, NY||Stamford, CT|
|Cambridge, MA||Los Angeles, CA||Newton, MA||Suffolk County, NY|
|Chatham Borough, NJ||Louisville, KY||Oakland County, MI||Tiburon, CA|
|Chicago, IL||Madison, WI||Pima County, AZ||Ulster County, NY|
|Cleveland, OH||Miami, FL||Philadelphia, PA||Westchester County, NY|