NYC: 3-month reprieve from big sugary drink fines

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013
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The restriction is the first of its kind in the nation, and it drew support from doctors and diet companies. Its leading advocate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, called it a reasonable restriction that could stop people from consuming calories they might not even consider. He noted that the costs of obesity are rising, in both suffering and dollars.

But some cola drinkers, sellers and manufacturers said a city known for ambitious — some say nannyish — public health efforts went too far in setting portion sizes for sodas.

The restrictions don't include every high-calorie drink, since there are exceptions for beverages made mostly of milk or unsweetened fruit juice. The rule also doesn't apply everywhere, since supermarkets and most convenience stores aren't subject to city health regulations.

The lawsuit says the restriction unfairly harms small businesses, and the unelected health board went beyond its authority in dictating the size of soft drinks. The city says the panel of physicians and other health experts acted within its purview.

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Associated Press Food Industry Writer Candice Choi contributed to this report.

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