NYC Soda Ban: Big Sugary Drinks to Live Another Day

by Christopher Freeburn | July 31, 2013 12:22 pm

empirestatebuilidng-nyc[1]New York City’s ban on oversized sodas got a big thumbs-down from a state appeals court[2].

The decision upheld a lower court order blocking the law — backed strongly by Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg — which prohibits the sale of sugary drinks in containers over 16-ounces, the Daily News notes.

Ruling unanimously, the appellate court said the city’s health department “overstepped the boundaries of its lawfully delegated authority when it promulgated the [ban] to curtail the consumption of soda drinks.”

Despite the judicial rebuke, Bloomberg declared his intention to take the matter to New York’s Court of Appeals. A city official said that there was “broad precedent” to support the measure’s legality.

Bloomberg proposed the ban last year[3] as part of his crusade against obesity. The ban encountered strong opposition from restaurant owners and was criticized as promoting a nanny state mentality.

The ban was struck down by a state supreme court judge one day before it would have gone into effect in March.

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