The ultimate nanny stater.
(NY1) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on the verge of taking serious aim at sugary drinks, as he wants to ban such beverages larger than 16 fluid ounces from nearly all dining establishments in the city.
The city’s proposed ban on sugary drinks would apply to service in nearly all restaurants, movie theaters and street food carts and it is part of a Health Department aim to reduce obesity.
The ban, which if approved would be the first of its kind in the nation, would take affect in March.
Diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based beverages like milkshakes and alcohol would be exempt from the ban and it would not affect sales in supermarkets or bodegas.
However, corner stores that are called “food service establishments” by the city and display Health Department letter grades on their food service will have to follow the ban.
While City Hall officials have declined to comment, the New York City Beverage Association is outraged by the potential ban.
In a Wednesday statement, a spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association says, “There they go again. The New York City Health Department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top. The city is not going to address the obesity issue by attacking soda because soda is not driving the obesity rates.”
Any move to enact restrictions like these will spark a big fight with the beverage industry and most likely restaurants.
So long, Big Gulp.