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NYC mayor: Group 'sold its soul' over drinks issue

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 11:08 am •  Published: January 25, 2013

Her statement was not a direct response to the mayor's radio comments.

The Hispanic Federation, an organization of 100 Northeastern groups, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Beverage makers, restaurateurs, minority advocates and other critics told a judge the upcoming 16-ounce limit was a finger-wagging incursion on consumer choice, rife with inconsistencies that would cost a hot dog vendor business while still allowing New Yorkers to buy belly-buster sodas at the chain convenience store next to him. Opponents' lawyers called it "ham-handed," ''grossly unfair" and just "plain silly."

The restriction is the latest in a line of Bloomberg administration healthy-eating initiatives. It bars restaurants and many other eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in cups or containers bigger than 16 ounces. Violations could bring $200 fines; the city doesn't plan to start seeking those until June.