The Baltimore City Health Department has reportedly issued its first environmental citation for repeat violations of the city’s trans fat ban. According to an October 25, 2010, press release, the department fined Healthy Choice $100 after inspectors twice found the Lexington Market food vendor using “a margarine product with trans fat levels in excess of 0.5 grams per serving.”

“Businesses can make it easier for people to live healthier lives by simply replacing the use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil with a healthier alternative,” Baltimore’s health commissioner was quoted as saying. “While we are pleased with the high rates of compliance we’ve seen since the ban took effect, we will continue to sanction businesses that repeatedly fail to comply.” See City of Baltimore Health Department Press Release, October 25, 2010.