Just one day before a ban on soft drinks larger than 473ml (or 16 oz for the non-metric minded) was due to come into play in New York, a judge has ruled the proposed ban to be “arbitrary and capricious”.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was obviously very disappointed by the ruling and has said the judge was totally in error. He said he was confident the ruling would be overturned on appeal and was quoted on the BBC website as saying “One of the cases we will make is that people are dying every day. This is not a joke. Five thousand people die of obesity every day in America.”
The law would have prevented fast food restaurants and sports stadiums from selling drinks larger than 473ml but would not have affected supermarkets.