One day before a ban on sugary drinks was to take effect in New York City, a State Supreme Court Justice, Milton Tingling ruled the new law was “arbitrary and capricious.” Justice Tingling declared that New York City is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulation.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, proposed the ban in an effort to combat obesity by limiting sugary beverages in restaurants, fast food chains, deli’s, theaters and office cafeterias. The ban was approved by New York City’s health board and was scheduled to become effective on March 12, 2013.
A complicated list of rules associated with the ban are cumbersome to say the least. The ban includes all sugary beverages that are larger than 16 oz , such as soda, coffee drinks that have sugars or syrups added, and even hot chocolate. If your hot coffee is a large or extra-large, you would have to add your own sugars and/or flavored syrups. Employees will be able to add sugar to smaller sizes, however the amount of sugar is limited, and based on the size of the beverage.
Diet soda, and fruit juice are excluded from the ban. Also, there would be no limit on the number of artificial sweeteners (such as Nutrisweet or Splenda) allowed in a coffee beverage. Most food chains would be subject to the ban, however, a few businesses are excluded and they include convenience stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. So although you would not be able to buy a soda at McDonald’s that was larger than 16 oz, but you could buy it at a convenience store such as 7-Eleven.
One of the most interesting things about this ban is that although you would be limited to 16 oz sugary beverages, you would not be limited as to how many 16 oz beverages you wanted to purchase. So technically you could buy two 16 oz sodas if you desired.
As you could imagine, many people are outraged at this attempt for the government to control the eating habits of the American people. Some businesses in the food industry as well as some soft drink and sugar beverage manufacturer’s filed lawsuits against the ban. Though, there are plenty of individuals that are in support the measure. What do you think?