New York Has No Right to Ban Trans Fats
By David Holcberg (New York Post, November 6, 2006; San Jose Mercury News, December 8, 2006)
New York has no right to force all restaurants in the city to severely limit the content of trans fats in their food.
The government has no right to dictate to restaurants what they can or cannot serve, and it has no right to dictate to individuals what they can or cannot eat.
Individuals should be free to judge for themselves what foods to eat, including if and when to eat foods with trans fats.
Those who believe that trans fats are unhealthy are free not to eat food that contains them--and free to persuade others not to sell or consume them. They have no right, however, to dictate the recipes of restaurants.