When testifying before the King County Board of Health, Margo Wootan must have forgotten to mention that she and her activist group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), were instrumental in forcing restaurants to start cooking with trans fats in the first place.

When concerns were originally raised about possible health effects, CSPI wrote: “All told, the charges against trans fat just don’t stand up.”

But now that restaurants — largely on CSPI’s advice — have been using trans fat to cook for years, Wootan and CSPI just can’t pass up the opportunity to put in their 2 cents. The problem is, their 2 cents will end up costing Seattle restaurants thousands of dollars.

Before she goes around telling us what we can and can’t eat, Wootan ought to own up to her own role in putting trans fats in restaurants to begin with.