Soda Industry Sues To Stop Ban On Large Sugary Drinks

Despite the fact that the New York City Council unanimously approved a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces last month, the soda industry has filed a lawsuit to attempt to block the restriction from going into effect. The suit alleges that the Department of Health does not have the authority to enact the ban, which was an initiative championed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) to combat rising rates of obesity in the city. Recent research has conclusively linked sugary drinks to America’s obesity epidemic. The soft drink industry ran an aggressive campaign against the soda restriction in the lead-up to the city council vote on the issue in September, portraying it as an attack on consumer freedom.