Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 3–16

A case study of the New York City trans-fat story for international application

Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2008.42

Cite this article as:
Tan, A. J Public Health Pol (2009) 30: 3. doi:10.1057/jphp.2008.42


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New York City and contributes to significant burden of disease in the United States and internationally. Excessive intake of artificial trans-fatty acids has been causally associated with increased risk of heart disease. This article describes New York City's 2007 trans-fatty acids regulation, which was aimed at lowering the prevalence of heart disease among the city's residents by prohibiting the use of trans-fatty acids in the preparation of food in the city's food outlets. The author describes sequentially: (1) formulation, (2) public consultation, (3) implementation and (4) evaluation of the policy. He proposes a strategic framework for food policy development for international policymakers who are considering similar regulations. The framework includes four domains: (1) background research, (2) stakeholder support, (3) effective policy implementation and (4) evaluation and dissemination.


trans-fatty acidsNew York Citynutrition policy

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© Palgrave Macmillan 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Annenberg School for Communication at University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Health Promotion BoardSingapore