The Rockland County Legislature has voted to ban the use of artificial trans fats in food items prepared or served at food establishments, including school cafeterias.
The legislation passed 12-to-5 Tuesday night. If signed by County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, it would go into effect Jan. 1. Violators would face a penalty of $1,000 per day.
Health experts say trans fats clog arteries and elevate bad cholesterol.