Ortiz Pushes Trans Fat Ban through Assembly

Legislation Highlights Consumer Protection
June 18, 2009
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, (Brooklyn-51 AD), is pleased to announce that his legislation, A.6359, has passed the Assembly. This bill prohibits artificial trans fat from being used in food establishments and will protect consumers from the detrimental effects of these fats. “This is a great day for the citizens of New York. I have been a passionate advocate for this proposal for years and I know that this is a positive step in the fight against heart disease and improving the health of New York State citizens,” said Ortiz.

Currently, New York State spends billions in Medicaid dollars treating conditions associated with high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Today we have taken a very important first step toward promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing these astronomical costs.

“The American Heart Association applauds Assemblyman Ortiz for his dedication to improving the heart health of New Yorkers. Trans fat raises your bad (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your good (HDL) cholesterol and increases your risk of developing heart disease, which remains New York’s number one killer,” said Julianne Hart, New York State Director of Advocacy for the American Heart Association.

Assemblyman Ortiz believes that this legislation is an important first step in promoting healthy lifestyles throughout New York State. “I am very proud of the efforts of my colleagues in the Assembly and thankful they have joined me in my fight to improve the health of all New York citizens,” said Ortiz.