A lawyer for New York City cited the threat to public health posed by obesity and its direct link to sugary drinks in asking the state’s highest court to cap beverage sizes in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas.
Beverage and trade groups whose members include Coca-Cola Co. are set to make what may be their final argument against New York’s effort to cap the size of sugary drinks sold in restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas at 16 ounces a cup.
After two decades of battles by public health advocates, the artery clogging trans fats common in cookies, frozen pizzas and other processed foods have been deemed unsafe by U.S. regulators, opening the door to a ban.
Libertarians and others saw evidence of a metastasizing “nanny state” in 2006 when Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned artificial trans fats in New York City. A similar outcry is likely to follow last week’s announcement that the Food and Drug Administration has taken the first steps toward eliminating partially hydrogenated oils from the American diet.
U.S. farmers may lose as much as 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of annual soybean production if regulators move too quickly to ban trans fats in processed food, according to the American Soybean Association.