The town of Brookline is the first Massachusetts community to ban unhealthy transfats in its restaurants and schools.
Transfats are widely used in cooking, especially in fast food establishments. Their consumption has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly approved a ban Thursday night, and it will be phased in starting next year.
Dr. Alan Balsam of the Brookline Health Department joined Morning Edition to discuss the new policy.
This program aired on June 1, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.