Austrian Transplant Bans Trans Fats

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law today that bans the use of trans fats in restaurants. The response was the to-be-expected mix of cheers and jeers that inevitably follows any law that both improves public health and hints at authoritarianism. Here's what the man in charge had to say:

"California is a leader in promoting health and nutrition, and I am pleased to continue that tradition by being the first state in the nation to phase out trans fats...Consuming trans fat is linked to coronary heart disease, and today we are taking a strong step toward creating a healthier future for California."