New York Bans Large Sodas
Health initiative will outlaw containers over 16oz
Soft drink industry representatives are threatening New York with possible legal action after the city’s board of health approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks. The ban would prohibit the sale of non-diet sodas in containers over 16 ounces, and would apply to restaurants, movie theaters, and any other venue subject to Board of Health inspections. “The Board of Health has been doing this sort of thing for 150 years,” Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley told the New York Times. “If [the soft drink industry] is serious about trying to reduce the obesity epidemic, they should cooperate with us.” Industry representatives would not comment on a possible lawsuit, but said that they will take any action necessary to stop the measure before it goes into effect next spring.