More evidence that this is just not America’s century: McDonald’s is cutting the trans fat out of its food—but only in Europe.

The New York Daily News reports that all 6,300 of the firm’s European locations will switch over to canola or sunflower oil by mid-2008.

This comes on the heels of a proposed ban on trans fats in New York City, and the surprisingly enlightened dumping of trans fats by KFC after a secret trial switch proved that customers can’t tell the difference.

In defense of McDonald’s: Any change to the subtle taste of a Big Mac or the restaurant’s distinctive Chicken McNuggets would likely touch off an explosion of civil unrest that would kill far more Americans than a trans-fat switch could possibly save.

Carry on, McDonald’s. Carry on!

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