Court Blocks ‘Administrative Leviathan’ Soda Cup Rule, Mayor Vows to Appeal

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(Photo: Getty)

Earlier today, the state Supreme Court blocked New York City’s controversial attempt to ban large cups for sugary drinks in restaurants and other food establishments. The ruling, which you can view below, blasted the ban as “arbitrary and capricious,” ultimately creating “an administrative Leviathan.” The rules were scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.

“It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some but not all food establishments in the City, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds and the loopholes inherent in the Rule, including but not limited to no limitations on re-fills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the Rule,” Judge Milton Tingling ruled.

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Pro-Beverage Group Accuses Board of Health of Rubber Stamping Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

big20gulp Pro Beverage Group Accuses Board of Health of Rubber Stamping Bloombergs Soda Ban
New Yorkers for Beverage Choices is fighting for your right to Big Gulp.

Today, the Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks. This provoked a predictably outraged response from the group New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, a group with close ties to the soda industrythat was formed to oppose the ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces being sold in restaurants or concession stands, which pointed to the number of Board of Health members appointed by Mr. Bloomberg and cast the ban’s approval as a political fix.

“The fix was in from the beginning, and the Mayor’s handpicked board followed their orders by passing this discriminatory ban; but it has not passed with the support of New Yorkers,” New Yorkers for Beverage Choices chairwoman Liz Berman said. “It’s sad that the board wants to limit our choices. We are smart enough to make our own decisions about what to eat and drink.” Continue reading “Pro-Beverage Group Accuses Board of Health of Rubber Stamping Bloomberg’s Soda Ban”