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  • Jan 23, 2013
    6:54 PM

    Soda-Ban Challenge Has Its Day in Court

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    A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds last year.

    By Jennifer Weiss

    Opponents of the so-called soda ban argued against the measure on Wednesday, saying the New York City Department of Health overstepped its authority.

    The measure, championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would ban the sale of sugary soft drinks over 16 ounces in locations like restaurants, movie theaters, street carts and stadiums, though people could still buy multiple sodas in smaller sizes.

    The limits are scheduled to go into effect in March and are part of Bloomberg's expansive public-health initiatives. City attorneys argued Wednesday that the limits are a legitimate way for the Board of Health to curb obesity.

    But lawyers for business groups said the Bloomberg Administration didn't have the authority to push the regulations through without City Council approval. They plan to request a stay to delay new regulations until the case is decided.

  • Oct 12, 2012
    3:50 PM

    Beverage Leaders, Businesses File Suit Against ‘Soda Ban’

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    A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds.

    A group of businesses and trade associations filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the New York City Board of Health’s decision to prohibit the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues, marking the first major move to block Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial new policy.

    The lawsuit in New York state court alleges that the Board of Health, a panel appointed by Bloomberg, doesn’t have the authority to enact the drink-size regulations. Instead, the suit contends, that power falls to the City Council.

    The mayor and top officials in the administration, who long anticipated that a lawsuit would be filed, have previously said they believe the new policy will survive any legal challenge. A spokesman for the mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Oct 10, 2012
    11:57 AM

    NYC Soda Rules Spur Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

    Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal
    Mountain Dew advertisements posted in Manhattan liken limitations on large-sized sodas to prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s.

    New York City’s restrictions on large-sized sodas won’t take effect until March 2013, but the sweeping initiative has goaded soft-drink companies to alter their sales tactics.

    Vending machines selling drinks for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group will begin displaying their products’ calorie information and messages intended to push consumers toward drinks with less sugar early next year in Chicago and San Antonio, as The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Esterl reported. A national roll-out is expected to take a couple years.

  • Oct 5, 2012
    2:45 PM

    Sit-Com City Finds Punchlines in New York

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    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in a scene from “Parks and Recreation.”

    New York City’s quality-of-life initiatives have spawned imitations in cities across the country, and now they are even catching on in much smaller — and more fictional — municipalities.

    The NBC sit-com “Parks and Recreation,” which follows the bureaucratic travails of civil servants in Pawnee, Ind., satirized New York’s ongoing debate over large sugary drinks in an episode last week. The show’s mock policy proposal: a tax on gigantic sodas, like the 128-ounces sold at fictional chain called Paunch Burger.

  • Sep 13, 2012
    3:44 PM

    Reaction Pours in on NYC’s ‘Soda Ban’

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial ban on the sale of large sugary drinks at restaurants and other venues passed the New York City Board of Health Thursday.

    Supporters hope the initiative will reduce obesity, while critics contend the ban is a major overstep. New Yorkers, politicians and celebrities on both sides weighed in on the ban Thursday.

  • Sep 13, 2012
    11:12 AM

    NYC Board of Health Passes ‘Soda Ban’

    Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. Manhattan, NY. Mountain Dew, the popular soft drink, has posted several adds all over Manhattan likening Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large portions of soda to the prohibition era.

    The New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues, a sweeping initiative that backers hope will reduce obesity and critics decry as government run amok.

    Beginning March 12, the city will prohibit restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces. The city will begin fining sellers for violating the ban in mid-June.

    The proposal passed by a vote of eight to zero, with one abstention, one absence and one vacancy on the board. Dr. Thomas Farley, the board’s chairman, called the vote “historic.”

  • Aug 29, 2012
    12:27 PM

    ‘Soda Ban’ Changes Won’t Be Revealed Until Vote

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    A man attends a protest billed as the `’Million Big Gulp March” in lower Manhattan last month.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration plans to keep tightly under wraps any potential changes to a controversial proposal to restrict the sale of large-sugary drinks in New York City until the day of the Board of Health’s vote next month, the city’s health commissioner said Wednesday.

    As the Journal reported, Bloomberg sparked criticism on Tuesday when he said the administration didn’t have any suggested alterations – substantial or slight – to the proposal following months of public debate. In May, the mayor recommended prohibiting restaurants and other venues from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers lager than 16 ounces.

    The city’s Board of Health, an 11-member panel appointed by the mayor, is expected to approve the proposal at meeting on Sept. 13.

    Dr. Thomas Farley, the board’s chairman and commissioner of the city’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, dodged questions on Wednesday about whether his staff is crafting any changes to the proposal.

  • Jul 24, 2012
    4:33 PM

    Outpouring of Opinions at ‘Soda Ban’ Hearing

    City Councilman Daniel Halloran III speaks during a New York City Board of Health public hearing on the proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks Tuesday.

    Hundreds of people packed a city Board of Health hearing Tuesday to speak out on the city’s controversial plan to ban giant containers of sugary drinks, a proposal that has received national attention and renewed the battle against obesity.

    The first and only public hearing gave proponents and detractors – including city council members Dan Halloran and Letitia James — a chance to express their views before the Board of Health decides the proposal’s fate later this year. The 11 members of the Board, all appointed by Bloomberg, don’t speak during public hearings, instead gathering evidence for their decision.

    The ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, delis and cinemas would be the first of its kinds in the country.

  • Jul 23, 2012
    6:12 PM

    Study: ‘Soda Ban’ Would Likely Cut Calorie Intake

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    A couple drink soda beverages in New York in May. Mayor Bloomberg plans to outlaw super-sized sugary drinks.

    Lost in the din over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s so-called “soda ban” is whether the prohibition on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and movie theaters would actually reduce New Yorkers’ calorie consumption. What if consumers simply bought two 16-ounce drinks and ended up downing even more?

    Three researchers at New York University decided to run the numbers.

    They found that unless 70% or more of consumers bucked up for a second drink, the ban would indeed drive down calorie consumption.

    Their findings, published online Monday by the New England Journal of Medicine, come as advocates on both sides of the issue prepare for a public hearing Tuesday before the city’s Board of Health.

  • Jun 12, 2012
    11:11 AM

    Sugary Drink Ban Moves Forward

    New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley explained the proposed ban at a City Hall press conference last month.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large-sized sugary drinks inched closer to reality Tuesday, with the city Board of Health unanimously voting to publish the plan for public review.

    The board, an 11-member panel appointed by Bloomberg, gave the green light to publish the mayor’s proposal and hold a public hearing July 24. A final vote on the proposal is slated for Sept. 13.

    Bloomberg has recommended a ban on the sale of sugary drinks – such as soda, sports drinks, sweetened tea or coffee – in cups or containers that have more than 16 fluid ounces. The ban would affect beverages served at restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums and arenas.

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