business news in context, analysis with attitude

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will phase out the use of trans fats in the state’s 88,000 restaurants. The bill requires that trans fats be eliminated from “restaurant products beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011. Packaged foods will be exempt.”

Similar bans have been implemented by New York City, Philadelphia, Stamford, Ct., and Montgomery County, Maryland.

The goal of the bill is to combat the state’s obesity crisis, especially in children.

“California is a leader in promoting health and nutrition, and I am pleased to continue that tradition by being the first state in the nation to phase out trans fats,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger in a prepared statement. “Consuming trans fat is linked to coronary heart disease, and today we are taking a strong step toward creating a healthier future for California.”

KC's View: