Still here: A Double Gulp is pictured, the largest of 20 to 50 ounce beverages sold at 7-Eleven stores with the Double Gulp when filled with Coca-Cola supplying 600 caloriesStill here: A Double Gulp is pictured, the largest of 20 to 50 ounce beverages sold at 7-Eleven stores with the Double Gulp when filled with Coca-Cola supplying 600 calories

New York Soda Size Limit Statute Barred by State Judge

By Chris Dolmetsch – Mar 11, 2013 2:30 PM CT
Bloomberg

The city’s Board of Health in September approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to limit the size of sugary soft drinks sold in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas to no more than 16 ounces (473 milliliters) a cup.

Groups representing beverage makers, restaurants and theaters filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court in October, the state’s trial level court, seeking to block enforcement of the measure, calling the ban “unprecedented interference” with consumer choice.

New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan approved the group’s request, issuing a permanent injunction preventing the city from implementing the plan, which had been scheduled to begin March 12. The city may appeal the ruling.

Read Full Article Here

 

*****************************************************************************************

NBC News staff and wire reports   –   34 min.

Judge tosses out NYC’s planned ban on sugary drinks

How sweet it is — for sugar-lovers anyway.

A judge on Monday invalidated New York City’s plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries, one day before the new law was to take effect.

State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan ruled the new regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule.”

New York City is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” Tingling ruled.

The American Beverage Association and other business groups had sued the city challenging the ban.

 

Read Full Article and  Watch Video Here

*****************************************************************

Big Gulps beware! New York City approves large sugary soda ban to take effect six months from now (complete with $200 fines)

  • Vote by city’s Board of Health will prohibit the sale of sodas and other sugary drinks over 16-ounces at restaurants and concession stands
  • Large beverages sold at grocery stores and select convenience stores are an exception
  • Thursday’s vote is unlikely to be the final word on the proposal

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 12:12 EST, 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:48 EST, 13 September 2012

New York City’s Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries.

The regulation, which was proposed in the spring by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved by a panel of health experts after several months of review, puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theatres, workplace cafeterias, and most other places selling prepared food.

Banned: A McDonald's worker is seen preparing an order with a large beverage, possibly the last of its kind if in New York City with a new rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinksBanned: A McDonald’s worker is seen preparing an order with a large beverage, possibly the last of its kind if in New York City with a new rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks

It doesn’t cover beverages sold in supermarkets or most convenience stores.

The restaurant and beverage industries have assailed that the plan is misguided. They say the city’s health experts are exaggerating the role sugary beverages have played in making Americans fat.

One board member, Dr Sixto R. Caro, abstained from voting. The other 8 board members voted yes.

‘I am still sceptical. This is not comprehensive enough,’ Caro said.

Some New Yorkers have also ridiculed the rule as a gross government intrusion and tens of thousands signed a petition, circulated by the industry, voicing their opposition.

Too sweet: In war on obesity, the city's attack on sugary beverages, started last spring, concluded on Thursday with a unanimous vote to ban those over 16 ouncesToo sweet: In war on obesity, the city’s attack on sugary beverages, started last spring, concluded on Thursday with a unanimous vote to ban those over 16 ounces
Growing: Recently called Nanny Bloomberg over the mayor's efforts to closer monitor its residents' health and wellbeing, his officer released graphs like this one, showing how the size of Coca-Cola has grownGrowing: Recently called Nanny Bloomberg over the mayor’s efforts to closer monitor its residents’ health and wellbeing, his office released graphs like this one, showing how the size of Coca-Cola has grown

The unprecedented regulation would follow other ambitious health moves on Bloomberg’s watch.

Some have proven to be national pacesetters, such as making chain restaurants post calorie counts prominently on their menus; McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it would start displaying the information nationwide next week, before a federal requirement that could force all major chains to do so next year.

New York City also has barred artificial trans fats from restaurant food and taken aggressive steps to discourage smoking. Starting this month, dozens of city hospitals are asking mothers of newborns to listen to talks about why they should breast-feed instead of using formula.

Upset: Andrea Hebert of New York, protests the soda-ban while holding a 7-Eleven Big Gulp, one of the few exceptions to the ban due to the store considered a grocery storeUpset: Andrea Hebert of New York, protests the soda-ban while holding a 7-Eleven Big Gulp, one of the few exceptions to the ban due to the store considered a grocery and convenience store