Carlson Hotels to transition away from trans fats by end of year

Carlson Hotels Worldwide said that by the end of 2007 it would no longer prepare foods using shortening containing artificial trans fats, widely viewed as a contributor to heart disease and other ailments.

Carlson encompasses some 625 hotels under such brands as Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson and Park Inn hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and South America.

"We care about our guests and are focused on providing healthy choices for their stay, whether it be in our restaurants, guestroom or even our fitness and recreational facilities," explained Yvonne La Penotiere, president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide-the Americas. "Eating healthy should be an option whether at home, traveling for business or even on vacation."

Carlson follows Loews Hotels and Marriot International, which announced similar plans earlier in the year.

JetBlue, the Walt Disney Co., Universal Parks & Resorts, Crystal Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises have also taken steps to reduce or eliminate the use of trans fats. Carnival Cruise Lines, meanwhile, removed cooking oils containing trans fats about two years ago and is looking into further reductions.

According to the American Heart Association, eating trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, increases a person's risk of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at [email protected].

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