September 14, 2012
The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the portion size of sugary drinks sold in restaurants, food carts, delis, theaters, and arenas. The regulation will take effect on March 12, 2013 and will prohibit retailers from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces. The products affected include energy drinks, presweetened teas, and non-diet soda.
“This is a policy based on solid science,” said Kelly Brownell, PhD, Rudd Center Director. “I salute Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Health Department for their courage in standing up to pressure from the soda industry and acting in the interest of the public's well-being.”