If you thought New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to limit the size of sodas sold at certain city venues was already bad, just wait till the city Board of Health gets through with it. The 11-member board not only voted to take the next step toward making the Mayor’s proposal law, but also recommended that the ban be extended to other beverages and foods.
As The New American previously reported, Bloomberg has proposed a prohibition on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces, though the plan has its share of loopholes: Fruit juice and milk-based drinks are exempt, as are soda sales at grocery and convenience stores.
At a Tuesday hearing in Queens, the board unanimously voted to publish the plan for public review, hold a public hearing on it July 24, and vote on whether to adopt the proposal on September 13.
“Several board members — all of whom are appointed by the mayor — signaled strong support for the measure,” the New York Daily News reported, “with only a couple voicing serious concerns.”
Several of those supporting the proposal had only one problem with it: It doesn’t go far enough.
One board member wanted to ban free refills, according to the New York Times.
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