New York’s big soda ban blocked
Just a day before a ban on large soda drinks in New York was supposed to take effect, a New York Supreme Court judge invalidated the legislation. The measure, proposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would have prevented the sale of any soda or sugar-sweetened beverage larger than 16 ounces. As obesity rates continue to soar, the ban was intended to reduce the consumption of high-calories sodas, which several studies link to a higher risk of obesity.
However, the legislation had several major loopholes. For example, drinks that contained at least 50 percent milk were exempt from the law, and convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven, could continue to sell sodas and sugar drinks of more than 16 ounces. In light of these inconsistencies, Judge Milton Tingling dismissed the proposed ban, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.”
Mayor Bloomberg said he plans to appeal the decision as soon as possible.