Judge Strikes Down NYC’s Large Soda Ban

Source: NBC New York

A judge has struck down New York City’s size limit on sodas and other sugary drinks a day before it was set to take effect.

State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling ruled Monday that the law challenged by the American Beverage Association was invalid.

The city Board of Health had agreed in September to ban restaurants, delis, movie theaters and many other eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in cups or containers bigger than 16 ounces. The city planned to start enforcing the rule Tuesday but was to postpone seeking $200 fines until June.

Citing studies that suggest sugary drinks are a driving factor in the nation’s growing girth, city officials portrayed the restriction as a portion-control tactic that will help people cut calories without stopping anyone who actively wants more soda from buying another.

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