News Summary: NYC’s Bloomberg led on trans fats

FAT BAN: Artificial trans fats were as American as apple pie when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed to ban them from restaurant food in 2006. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would finish off the fats for good by phasing them out of all foods nationwide.

THE MASTERMINDS: The news was another triumph for a public health strategy pioneered by Bloomberg and his first health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, who now leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BIG APPLE A DAY: Few municipalities have made such a habit of using local regulation to try and force major changes in public consumption of unhealthy products. They city is fighting in court to ban super-sized, sugary drinks as well.

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