New York Ban High-Calorie Soft Drinks

10:51 am Health Care, Medicine

To curb the epidemic of obesity the New York City Board of Health has passed a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries. The measure puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages. The ban exempts convenience stores as well as vending machines and some newsstands. The rules do not apply to 100% fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages and zero-calorie diet sodas. Establishments with self-service drink fountains, like many fast-food restaurants, would not be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces. [Source AMA News and other US agencies]

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