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3-month Grace Period for NYC Sugary Drink Ban
January 15, 2013

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New York's food sellers will get three months of warnings before having to pay fines for violating the city's ban on large sugary drinks.

The Department of Health announced the grace period for the ban, which takes effect on March 12. Beginning in June, restaurants and food outlets that serve non-alcoholic drinks sweetened with sugar in cups larger than 16 ounces will be subject to a $200 fine. (For reference, a commonly sold small-size drink at McDonald's weighs in at 16 ounces.)

The ban is part of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ongoing campaign against obesity and other health problems that some studies have linked to the consumption of sugary drinks.

The grace period is similar to the one that accompanied the launch of another Bloomberg initiative, the requirement that restaurants incorporate calorie counts on their menus.

Meanwhile, a group of food and beverage groups, including the American Beverage Association, have launched a lawsuit seeking to stop the ban from taking effect.

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