A rule that would have banned the sale of soda in more than 16-ounce containers has been struck down by a judge at the last minute.
The ruling overturns Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban, which kept New York City’s eateries and other stores from selling oversized drinks, the Associated Press reports.
State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling ruled against the regulation, saying it was arbitrary and outside the purview of the city health department. Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists he is acting to protect the health of the citizens of New York and asked the businesses who would have been regulated to comply even with the ruling against him.
“If you know what you’re doing is harmful to people’s health, common sense says if you care, you might want to stop doing that,” Bloomberg said. He also said he expects the city to appeal the ruling.
The rule was the latest from the Bloomberg administration concerning the health of New Yorkers. Earlier he issued regulations requiring restaurants to post calorie counts and barred artificial trans fats from being served.
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