Trans fat is an unhealthy ingredient, and it is restricted at restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City.
As of 2007, any food service establishment that is required to have a Health Department permit is restricted in its use of trans fat. No food containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, shortenings, or margarines containing 0.5 grams or more of trans fat per serving may be stored, used, or served by food service establishments.
This regulation does not apply to food served in the manufacturer’s original, sealed packaging, such as packet of crackers or a bag of potato chips.
Establishments that do not follow the trans fat regulation may receive violations that could eventually result in fines of up to $2,000.
Penalty amounts are based on the number of repeated violations.