New California law bans trans fat in restaurants from today

January 2nd, 2010 - 12:12 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

California, Jan 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) There is a new Californian law, which prohibits restaurants from cooking with trans fat, takes effect. And this law came into effect due to the efforts of former Tiburon resident Stephen Joseph. Today hundreds of new California laws are put into effect. However this law was signed in 2008 but it wasn’t enforced for 2 years to give grace time to allow the restaurants to convert their cooking processes. And the bakeries have another year to comply with the law. For them the law will take force on 1st Jan 2011.

“Tiburon was the first trans-fat-free city in the country. It can take a lot of pride in that,” said Joseph, an attorney who was proactive in the campaign that resulted in all 18 of Tiburon’s restaurants voluntarily going trans fat free in 2004. “We think once California has gone trans fat free it’s going to be irresistible in other places,” Joseph said. Chez Bornia, chef and co-owner of San Rafael Joe’s, said he substituted rice oil for shortening numerous years ago. “It’s more expensive, but it’s a lot better for you,” Bornia said.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had signed the measure in 2008, but all the restaurants were given time till 1st Jan 2010, to make sure they could adapt. Schwarzenegger called the new law a strong step toward a healthier future.

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