Trans Fat Ban Program
In accordance with California law, the SFDPH's Trans Fat Compliance Program ensures that no food containing artificial trans fat is stored, distributed, served, or used in the preparation of any food within a food facility in the state of California.
As of January 1, 2011, no food containing artificial trans fat may be stored, distributed, served, or used in the preparation of any food within a retail food facility in the state of California* (per Section 114377 of the California Health and Safety Code). The law also requires that every food facility maintain on the premises the label for any food or food additive that is, or includes, any fat, oil or shortening. Violations shall be punishable by fines not less than $25or more than $1,000.
*Public schools are exempt; they are already banned from using trans fat.
Click here (pdf) for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
Culinary Garden Program
Any food facility that wants to operate an on-site culinary garden is required to complete this Best Practices Agreement for Garden Self Registration and gain approval from its district health inspector. For guidance and additional resources on safe food production and handling practices, please refer to this Fact Sheet for Culinary Gardens.