The Baltimore City Health Department issued its first citation for a fat recidivist violator: The Healthy Choice. The ironically named business is in fact (according to officials) a shameless pusher of trans fat — found twice with “high trans fat level in their ingredients.” Conversely, the city appears undisturbed that if trans fats are outlawed, only outlaws will have trans fats.
The ticket is for $100. and refers directly to the using a margarine product with trans fat levels. Business are prohibited from using or selling non-prepackaged food items containing 0.5 grams or more of trans fats. Healthy Choice was a virtual trans fat pusher with margarine that weighed in at a scale popping 3 grams.
When confronted the first time, the fat felons simply replaced the margarine with another brand with 2 grams. They simply could not kick the habit — probably due to all of the fat they were eating.
Healthy Choice owner Ki Jeong acknowledged his sorted, fatty past but said the new margarine will cost him double what the original type costs.
More than 100 Baltimore restaurants have received warnings since the ban went into effect. I can only say that the food police will have to pry my Snickers from my old, fatty hands.