New York has become the first city to ban trans fats from restaurants, effective from 1 July 2008. The city’s board of health voted unanimously to bar restaurants from using most frying oils containing artificial trans fats by 1 July next year, with trans fats banned from all of their food by 1 July 2008. Michael Bloomberg, the city’s mayor, said: “"Nobody wants to take away your French fries and hamburgers - I love those things, too. But if you can make them with something that is less damaging to your health, we should do that." The National Restaurant Association has spoken out against the move and is considering litigation.