Washington: A US judge has struck down New York’s groundbreaking and controversial limits on large sugary drinks one day before they were to take effect.
This was a significant blow to one of the most ambitious and divisive initiatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure.
According to Fox News, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote in his opinion that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious," applying to only certain beverages and only certain stores.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city plans to appeal, calling the ruling "clearly an error."
Bloomberg said that if his administration is ‘serious about fighting obesity then we have to be honest about it and courageous about tackling it.’
But Tingling said the city’s Board of Health went beyond its authority, and effectively would be "limited by its own imagination" if left unchecked.
NY City officials have called the size limit a pioneering move for public health, the report said.
They point to the city’s rising obesity rate, about 24 percent of adults, up from 18 percent in 2002, and to studies tying sugary drinks to weight gain, it added.