California Restaurants Can't Use Trans Fat As Of January 1

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jim Sanders Sacramento Bee

California will bar restaurants from cooking with trans fat beginning New Year's Day, becoming the first state to crack down on the substance tied to clogged arteries, strokes and coronary heart disease.

The ban is hailed by supporters as a way to protect diners who routinely have not been aware of consuming trans fat at some restaurants because they don't see the meals cooked or the ingredients used.

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