Under the guise of anti-obesity health concerns, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene voted to ban restaurants from serving most sugar-sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces. The National Restaurant Association and other business organizations sued to block the ban, which unfairly targeted restaurants and would have caused operational and supply-chain management difficulties. The New York Supreme Court struck down the ban in March 2013, one day before it was scheduled to take effect. An appeals court upheld the New York Supreme Court’s decision in July 2013, and the New York Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the beverage ban in June 2014. The National Restaurant Association looks forward to working with public health officials to engage in a constructive dialogue that will have a positive and sustained impact on the people of New York City.
NRA contacts: Joan McGlockton, Joy Dubost