ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF A NYC BIG GULP PROHIBITION. SUPER-SIZE, OR SUPER-SIZE ME NOT?
If Mayor Mike Bloomberg gets his way, We'll soon be saying no to Sweet Super-sized drinks.
Forget about 64-ounce stomach-busting sodas, or 20-ouncers. These have now appeared on are on The Mayors latest heath-conscious hit list.
In a dramatic move to reduce obesity, NYC may become the first in the nation to impose a 16-ounce limit on sweetened beverages sold in food establishments that receive letter grades from the Health Department, along with mobile food carts.
The list includes more than 20,000 restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas.
After taking on smoking, trans-fats and restaurant calorie counts, he's taking on over-sized sweet drinks.
The new rules, would prohibit cups larger than 16 ounces of any liquid that contains more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. That targets sodas, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks. however, diet drinks and milk-based beverages, like milkshakes will remain lawful.
The Mayor's anti-sweet drinks crusade left a bitter taste in the mouth of the beverage industry lobby group. Let's see who wins this one!
Big-drinks ban may take effect in March 2013 after public hearings. It would apply to bottled drinks as well as fountain sodas. But stores that allow customers to draw their own fountain drinks wouldn’t be allowed to stock cups larger than 16 ounces, to prevent switches from diet to non-diet beverages. Stores that don’t downsize would face fines of $200. Supermarkets, grocery stores and other food sellers would not be affected.