Policy Summary

The law prohibits trans fat (storing, distributing, holding for service, or using in preparation of any menu item) in any food service establishment or mobile food unit commissary. It also generally requires food service establishments and mobile food unit commissaries to retain labels and other specified documentation of food that are or contain trans fat.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name New York City
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Prohibits/discourages something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

This policy is located within the New York City Health Code. See also references to e.g., "artificial trans fat." § 81.08 (b).

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although not titled "intent" or "purpose," this language is inlucded in the article's "scope" section of the he provisions of this article… protect[ ] the health and safety of the public." § 81.01.

Includes definitions?

§ 81.08 (b), § 81.03.

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

"In lieu of enforcement of this Code by way of prosecution, recovery of civil penalties, revocation of permits, seizure, embargo and condemnation, and other compulsory means, the Department may seek to obtain the voluntary compliance with this Code by way of notice, warning or other educational means; this section does not, however, require that such non-compulsory methods be used before proceeding by way of compulsory enforcement." § 3.13

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in The Rules of the City of New York, Title 24: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Health Code, Title IV: Environmental Sanitation, Part A Food and Drugs, Article 81 Food Preparation and Food Establishments. History: N/A.