A legal defeat in the war on obesity. A judge has halted the New York City ban on large sugary drinks that was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
FOX News Radio's Kirstin McNary reports from New York:
Your quart of soda is safe in the Big Apple, for now. A New York State Judge overturned the city's ban due to start Tuesday on serving sugary drinks over 16 ounces...
(Bloomberg) "Anytime you adopt a groundbreaking policy, special interests will sue, that's America."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes the city will prevail on appeal and says the fight is about saving lives...
(Bloomberg) "With higher consumption of full sugar drinks, you have a much higher obesity rate and it happens much worse in poorer neighborhoods. And so this is the science. Now we've got to do something about it."
The ban did not apply to bottled beverages.
In New York, Kirstin McNary, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement from Chris Gindlesperger, spokesman for the American Beverage Association and co-plaintiffs:
"The court ruling provides a sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban. With this ruling behind us, we look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people of New York City."
READ a response to the ruling from New York City Mayor's Office on Twitter: