#AceFoodNews – NEW YORK CITY – June 05 – New York City took its fight to limit the size of sodas and other sweet drinks blamed by some for obesity back to an appeals court, AFP said.
The regulation, spearheaded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May 2012, has been opposed by big business, including restaurant chains, movie theatres and soda makers.
They say the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene overstepped its authority on the measure.
The legislation aims to limit personal sweet drink sizes to 47 centilitres in stadiums, stores and fast food restaurants.
Just hours before the regulation was to take effect in March 2013, a judge ordered it blocked, calling it “capricious and arbitrary.”
Many drinks that are high in calories are not included, and the ban does not cover supermarkets or other food stores.
Then in July 2013, a local appeals court upheld that ruling.
But new Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would try to appeal once more.
Lawyers working on the case stressed that these were drinks with “empty calories.” A decision is expected from the court within one to three months.
In New York City, 58 percent of the population is either obese or overweight.
AceFoodNews – WORLDWIDE – From New York City to Nigeria and New Zealand, fast food workers will strike and protest on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions — in a global day of action with unprecedented reach for the industry.
Workers and labour organizers across the globe have united in a campaign that aims to advance workers’ specific demands in each country, while also showing solidarity with the US based push for a $15 hourly wage and workers’ right to be unionise without fearing retaliation.
‘What kind of country are we about to have when these are all the jobs that are available to our kids?’
“This is the biggest fast food strike in America’s history, in the world’s history,” Kendall Fells, the organizing director at Fast Food Forward, a New York group behind the campaign, told VICE News.
“Fast food is not only the fastest growing industry in the country, it’s also the lowest paying industry in the country, and it has the broadest gap between what the workers and the CEOs make.