Published on: December 12, 2006The Orlando Sentinel reports that Loews Hotels has decided to ban artificial trans fats from the food sold in its restaurants, shops and room mini-bars. The move will affect 18 hotels in the United States and Canada.
According to the story, “Loews will eliminate trans fats from french fries, pastries, dressings, frozen foods and other restaurant items by April 1. All other products containing trans fats, including prepared mixes and minibar items, will be banned after June 1.”
Loews spokeswoman Emily Goldfischer tells the Sentinel, “We hope that we will set the standard for the industry and that other hotel chains will follow suit…We aren't doing this because of any guest complaints. We are doing it because we think it is the right thing to do.”
The move comes less than a week after the New York City Health Department voted to mandate that all of the city’s restaurants – ranging from four-star bistros to fast food joints and hot dog stands – virtually eliminate trans fats from the ingredients they use.
- KC's View:
- It’s interesting to watch hotel chains do things like ban smoking from all rooms and facilities, and now begin the process of banning trans fats.
It’s called momentum. And the anti-trans fat movement has it.