I agree with you on this point. The problem I see is unless every restaurant is required to list this information on the menu how do you know which foods are either cooked in trans fats or have had them added. Not everyone fries in trans fat oils anymore. Wendys made the switch for example.
The following is part of a NY Times article.
The Board of Health vote comes a year after it conducted an unsuccessful campaign to persuade restaurants to eliminate trans fats from their recipes voluntarily. It said yesterday that despite mass mailings about the hazards of trans fats and training programs for 7,800 restaurant operators, about half the city s restaurants continued to serve trans fats, about the same as before the campaign.
Looks like they voluntary approach didn’t go over too well in the restaurant industry.
Look what happened when the government make food manufacturers list trans fats on packaged food in the grocery store. It disappeared from a lot of products.
I hate to see the government do this but if it passes in New York I think it will spread and be better for all of us who eat out.