A local business owner vented his frustration in the story:This will certainly affect restaurants serving French fries and several varieties of baked goods, as well as diners using hydrogenated oils for frying up foods on the griddle. Ultimately we'll be better off without them, but we will certainly pay the price for higher-priced oils without transfats. At least tacos shouldn't be affected. What do you think? Are we getting too close to the nanny state, or will our arteries eventually thank us?
Rod White, the owner of Bertha's Soul Food in Los Angeles, estimated that it would cost him $30 more a week to buy cooking oil without trans fat, and he was angry.
"The government is infringing too much on the rights of people to even eat what they want," he said. "Are they going to outlaw salt next because it causes hypertension?"
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Will the trans-fat ban hurt ethnic restaurants?
Small restaurants have already been hit hard by the rising price of food. The days of great under-$5 lunches at tiny hole-in-the-walls are fast disappearing, with taco trucks and the food stands of Grand Central Market practically the only real bargains left. Although the trans-fat ban seems to be a good health move, I still fear for the struggling small restaurants. The L.A. Times article Schwarzenegger signs law banning trans fats in restaurants addresses this dilemma.
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