Acting on a findings of a task force appointed last year to study the issue, the Louisville Metro Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend a city-wide ban on the use of artificial trans fat in food preparation.
The matter is now in the hands of health department director Dr. Adewale Troutman, who will make a recommendation of his own to the Louisville Metro Council for possible action. Troutman says it’s likely he’ll push for a total ban.
“The data says that we would save up to four hundred heart attacks per year in this city,” he said.
Some restauranteurs have complained that a trans fat ban would force them to use a more expensive substitute.
The chair of the metro council’s Health and Human Needs Committee said last week she’s not inclined to support a ban but would listen to Troutman’s arguments. No hearings have been scheduled.