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November 15, 2013

Trans fats won't be missed in our food


Sure, the Centers for Disease control is now run by Bloomberg’s first health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, and Bloomberg’s 2006 trans-fat ban probably expedited the change by turning New York City into one big market for trans-fat alternatives.

But if Bloomberg wants to take credit for every advance made in public health, then he deserves some blame, too, for the general backlash against food-safety efforts that his occasionally overzealous stances have provoked.

While his intentions are undoubtedly good, Bloomberg’s approach has too often been tin-eared. He would do well to heed the words of Harry Truman, who said “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

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