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  • Flavor company that uses embryo cells hides partner company names

    07/15/2011 4:04:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/15/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    LARGO, Florida, July 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A biomedical firm that uses fetal cell lines in flavor technology has removed from its website the names of organizations that use their products, according to the pro-life group Children of God for Life (COGFL). Senomyx has been called out by the organization for using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells in the research and development of their artificial flavor enhancers, despite a pro-life consumer backlash. Among Senomyx’s partnering companies is PepsiCo, which has been targeted for boycott based on its use of the flavor technology. In a recent response to customer letters, PepsiCo...
  • American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco Over Soda Health Warning Legislation

    07/27/2015 7:43:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 27, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    San Francisco's new legislation requiring sodas to carry health warning labels is being challenged in court by the American Beverage Association. The ABA, joined by the California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association, filed a lawsuit against the city on Friday, arguing that the legislation, which also would ban sugary-drink ads on city property, is a First Amendment violation, reported SFGate. According to Convenience Store and Fuel News, the lawsuit in part alleges that the ban, "discriminates against speech based on the identity of the speaker, in violation of the First Amendment, by expressly prohibiting speech that includes...
  • Vermont's Vending Machine And Soda Taxes Kick In

    07/07/2015 10:27:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Vending Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Emily Jed
    MONTPELIER, VT -- All food and beverages sold through vending machines are now subject to Vermont's 9% meals and rooms tax, effective July 1. A 6% sales tax on sugary drinks is also in effect. The new levies are part of a tax package that lawmakers passed in May to raise a $30 million in new revenue. Lawmakers expect the sales tax on soft drinks to raise about $8 million a year, and applying the meals tax to vending machines to add about $1 million a year. Exempt from Vermont's sugary drink tax are products that contain milk, soy, rice...
  • Crystal Pepsi is making a comeback

    06/11/2015 8:37:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2015
    Cyrstal Pepsi is poised to make a comeback, thanks in part to efforts by competitive eater Kevin Strahle --aka L.A. Beast. Strahle is part of a group of loyal consumers who have been appealing to Pepsi to bring back the iconic drink, which tasted like Pepsi but was clear. The caffeine-free drink was originally introduced in 1992 to respond to health concerns about coloring in soda, but only lasted a year. It was considered a failure because it was believed it didnt taste good.
  • San Francisco Considers Health Warning on Soda Advertising

    06/09/2015 2:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. The "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance" would require health warnings on advertising within city limits on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity.
  • The 8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

    06/08/2015 8:44:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 80 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jordan Davidson
    Youve decided to give up diet sodagood idea! Maybe you werent hitting your weight-loss goals or couldnt stomach that long list of ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that its just not good for you. Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Research on diet soda is still in its infancy, but theres enough out there to identify what you can look forward to when you put down the can and cool down with an unsweetened iced tea instead.
  • United Airlines fires flight attendant in Diet Coke Islamophobia incident

    06/04/2015 8:33:08 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 38 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JUNE 3, 2015 | ROBERT SPENCER
    An update on this story. Shuttle America Flight 3504, United Airlines, June 3, 2015: While United did not operate the flight, Ms. Ahmad was our customer and we apologize to her for what occurred on the flight. After investigating this matter, United has ensured that the flight attendant, a Shuttle America employee, will no longer serve United customers.
  • A national soda tax is needed to reduce obesity and save lives

    12/08/2014 4:00:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 103 replies
    Now that calorie counts on restaurant menus are a done deal, it's time to take the next step toward slimming America's flabby waistline.. A national soda tax. I know, I know: This is the kind of nanny-state talk that causes seizures among conservatives and libertarians. It's an intrusion on personal freedom, a trampling of consumer choice, blah-blah-blah. It's also, as we've learned from taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, a highly effective method of influencing behavior that carries high social costs.
  • Soda Tax Succeeds In Berkeley, Fizzles In San Francisco

    11/05/2014 4:30:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | November 5, 2014 | By Lisa Aliferis, KQED
    Voters in Berkeley, Calif., have passed the nations first soda tax with a resounding 75 percent of the vote. The measure aims to reduce the effects of sugar consumption on health, especially increased rates of obesity and diabetes. It will levy a penny-per-ounce tax on most sugar-sweetened beverages and is estimated to raise more than $1 million per year. Proceeds will go to the general fund; Measure D calls for the creation of a health panel to advise Berkeleys City Council on appropriate health programs to receive funding. Campaign Co-Chair Jack Daniels called Berkeleys win a tipping point. I think...
  • Voters in Berkeley overwhelmingly pass nation's first 'sugar tax' raising the price of sodas

    11/05/2014 10:48:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Berkeley, California, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, have overwhelmingly approved the nation's first 'sugar tax,' which will raise the cost of sodas and energy drinks by one penny per ounce. A similar tax in neighboring San Francisco, which would have levied two cents per ounce, failed to pass - gaining 55percent of the vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed. The Berkeley tax would raise the cost of a can of Pepsi from $1 to $1.12, but bigger fountain drinks would get hit harder. A large Coke from McDonald's would go from $2.29 to $2.61. A...
  • Sugary drink tax measure fails (San Francisco)

    11/05/2014 12:22:11 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Examiner ^ | 11-05-2014 | Joshua Sabatini
    Proposition E, a 2 cent per ounce tax on the purchase of sugary beverages that was heavily opposed by the American Beverage Association, was defeated at the polls Tuesday when fewer than two-thirds of voters supported the proposal. The tax was proposed to combat health-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes. It drew the support of the majority of the Board of Supervisors, which voted to place it on the ballot, and a number of health organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the California Dental Association. The American Beverage Association, which represents the large soda companies, had raised $7.7...
  • Soda causes our cells to age as much as smoking does, study finds

    10/21/2014 7:09:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 21, 2014
    Drink a 20-ounce soda daily, and you may be causing your cells to age as much as they would if you smoked, a study suggests. Researchers investigated DNA from 5,309 adults, focusing on telomeres, the caps on the ends of our cells' chromosomes, Time reports.
  • The soda wars move to Berkeley

    10/19/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The progressive War on Soda may have failed in New York, despite the best efforts of the Deplorable Nanny State Mayor, but this is a multi-front battle which will clearly rage on for some time. As any good battle commander will tell you, when fighting an opponent with numerical superiority, its best to drag them into a skirmish on your home turf. In the effort to save people from their own ignorant, evil selves, the fight to make soda more expensive and thereby modify public behavior through tax policy has moved to Berkeley.
  • The Head of the CDC Was Behind the Big Gulp Soda Ban In New York

    10/16/2014 8:13:20 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/2014 | George Washington (blogger)
    Libertarians were outraged by New York City Mayor Bloombergs Big Gulp ban (which a state court ultimately struck down). They slammed it as a Nanny State measure. But it was current Centers for Disease Control head Tom Frieden who was actually behind the ban.
  • Remember Surge soda? Its back

    09/15/2014 12:53:39 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | September 15, 2014 | Matt
    Calling all 90s kids: Surge is back. Coca-Cola unveiled the citrus-flavored soda in 1996 as an answer to Pepsis Mountain Dew. But SURGE couldnt compete and was taken off shelves in 2001, to the dismay of what had become a cult-like following. Thousands of passionate fans have been fighting for its return for years, and today they tasted victory. This is just a test, said Coca Cola spokeswoman Sheree Robinson. It has a big fan base, however, were not sure how that will translate into sales, she said.
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Problems in Older Women

    04/01/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | March 31, 2014 | Alex Cukan
    Healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.A study involving almost 60,000 healthy postmenopausal women correlated diet drinks with increased risk of heart attack, stroke or a cardiovascular event. "Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies showing an association between diet drinks and metabolic syndrome," lead investigator Dr. Ankur Vyas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said in a statement. "We were interested in this research because there was a relative lack of data about diet...
  • Diet drinks linked with heart disease, death

    03/30/2014 1:04:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 29, 2014 | Maggie Fox
    Women who drink the most diet sodas may also be more likely to develop heart disease and even to die, according to a new study published Saturday. Researchers found women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular "event," and 50 percent more likely to die, than women who rarely touch such drinks. The findings, being presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, don't suggest that the drinks themselves are killers. But women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying...
  • California May Pass Law to Protect Black People from Soda

    02/23/2014 4:06:59 PM PST · by blueyon · 37 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/20/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Bloombergism is alive and well in California as another front is declared in the War on Soda. Apparently black people cant be trusted to decide what they want to eat or drink on their own. They must be protected from their food choices by the nanny state. A bill introduced in the California senate would require warning labels for soda and give state bureaucrats the authority to inspect businesses to ensure compliance. Sen. Bill Monning (D.) introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act
  • CVS tobacco ban just the start. Next: soda

    02/09/2014 2:20:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 8, 2014 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    IT IS GREAT CVS is ending cigarette sales by October, and I know exactly what other dangerous products should go behind the counter when the wall of cancer sticks comes down: Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, Red Bull, and all other sugary beverages. I say this because I take CVSs new public health pronouncements seriously. In announcing the tobacco ban, CVS chief medical officer Troyen Brennan said the drugstore industry is positioning itself to offer more clinical services for chronic diseases. He wrote Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that it is a paradox to sell cigarettes as pharmacies...
  • First lady wants people to drink more plain water

    09/12/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2013 8:37 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Michelle Obama has pushed Americans to eat healthier and to exercise more. Now she says we should drink up too. As in plain water. And as in more of it. The first lady, an exercise fanatic who loves French fries and whose biceps are envied by women everywhere, is getting behind a campaign being launched Thursday to encourage people to drink more plain old-fashioned water. Whether it comes from a faucet, an underground spring, a rambling river or a plastic bottle, the message is: Drink up.
  • San Jose: Soda ban doesn't make it out of committee

    08/28/2013 10:31:06 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/28/2013 | John Woolfolk
    SAN JOSE -- A San Jose city committee Wednesday poured cold water on a proposal to eliminate soda pop, whole milk and other sugary or fattening beverages at city libraries, community centers and other public facilities. Councilman Ash Kalra's proposal hit a brick wall at the agenda-setting Rules and Open Government committee. Mayor Chuck Reed, who leads the committee, said "this definitely will not make my top 10 list" of potential ordinances to consider. Though he was willing at least to have the council as a whole decide whether to pursue it, none of the other committee members moved to...
  • San Jose councilman proposes banning sodas

    08/23/2013 11:23:30 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/23/2013 | John Woolfolk
    SAN JOSE -- Want a Coke at the San Jose Library? A root beer for the kids at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo? Maybe some whole milk for the little one? Forget it! That stuff makes you fat. A San Jose councilman wants the city to stop providing sugary drinks and whole milk at city properties and events to promote healthier diets. "We cannot stop the obesity epidemic," City Councilman Ash Kalra said in his proposal. "But as the city of San Jose, we can do our part by being socially responsible and accountable for the products we make available...
  • Drink up: Appeals court upholds ruling striking down NYC Big Gulp ban

    07/30/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    They may take our lives, but they will never take…our FANTA! New York City’s plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries was an illegal overreach of executive power, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday, upholding a lower court decision in March that struck down the law.The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces, “violated the state principle of separation of powers,” the First Department of the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division said in a unanimous decision. The appeals court echoed a court’s March decision,...
  • Americans cut back on Soda - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group see continued sales...

    07/27/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 99 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 26, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    It seems that not even Beyonce or new, lower-calorie options can convince Americans to drink more soda. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. all sold less soda in the second quarter in North America, dashing hopes for the moment that splashy new marketing and different sweetener mixes could get drinkers back. Coca-Cola Co. said it sold 4 percent less soda in North America, while PepsiCo Inc. simply said its decline for the region was in the "mid-single digits." Dr Pepper sold 3 percent less of the fizzy drinks...
  • @SodaStreamUSA response to Limbaugh boycott: We continue to advertise

    05/15/2013 9:02:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    5-15-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    SodaStream is an Israeli company which makes a really cool and really popular product, essentially a make your own soda at home device. I plan on getting one. Its U.S. division is SodaStreamUSA.This video shows the SodaStream story of building bridges between Jews and Arabs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl85AL1l0H0Nonetheless, SodaStream has been the subject of a vicious boycott by the anti-Israel BDS movement, that grouping of Islamist, anti-Israel leftists and academics and other fringe players like Code Pink, which seeks to delegitimize Israel. The latest iteration, as you know, was the pressure campaign which succeeded in convincing Stephen Hawking to boycott an Israeli conference.SodaStream...
  • California Proposes Soda Tax to Defray Costs of Obesity and Dental Disease

    04/26/2013 1:38:43 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | april 25, 2013 | Sylvia Cochran
    California Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, proposes a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. KGO-TVreports that his controversial bill is currently on its way to the senate's Health Committee for discussion. How much more expensive would a can of soda be if the tax goes into effect? The price of each can of sweetened soda would increase by 12 cents. Which types of beverages will this law affect? As noted in SB-622, this tax affects all "bottled sweetened beverages" as well as concentrates if they contain more than 25 calories for every 12 ounces of content. Fruit and vegetable juices may also...
  • Government Is The Liberals Religion

    03/20/2013 4:51:30 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-20-13 | Curt
    Ace has a great post up that asks a simple question. They told us if we voted for Romney he would impose his bizarre religious beliefs on us...so why is the left imposing THEIR bizarre religious beliefs on us instead? You know, some of us don't join religions because we actually don't want to have strange devotional rituals and forbiddances imposed on us. But religion is voluntary. Government law is not. Why are thesemonsters-- yes, monsters -- encoding their bizarre religious devotions into law? As I've said: God save us from those with no god but but bursting at the...
  • There's The Statue Of Liberty, And Then There's The Other Lady Liberty

    03/18/2013 3:31:16 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-18-13 | The Looking Spoon
    The left would probably be completely beside themselves at this comparison, but it's totally appropriate.We have fallen very far from our founding when government, even at the local level, feels entitled to micromanage our lives down to the number of ounces of soda we drink. From Super Conservative
  • NBC-MSNBC loon Mika Brzezinski meltdown after Bloomberg soda Jihad over turned Soda makers poisoni

    03/12/2013 1:26:25 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 56 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/12/13 | FAM Blog
    If you thought Nanny Bloombergs meltdown was bad yesterday when the judge smacked down his soda jihad, you have to watch NBC/MSNBC leftist hack Mika Brzezinski meltdown this morning on Morning Joe. Her temper tantrum made Nanny Bloomberg look calm, cool and collected. Brzezinski, whined about how soda makers are poising and killing our children, liquid sugar and sugar is poison, etc.
  • Mayor Vows To Press On After NYC Soda Rule Nixed

    03/12/2013 5:25:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | March 12, 2013 | Jennifer Peltz
    NEW YORK (AP) - Eateries from corner delis to movie concession stands have gotten a last-minute reprieve from the nations first ban on big sugary drinks. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging them to shrink their cups and bottles, anyway.
  • America's new love: Water

    03/11/2013 8:44:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    AP ^ | March 11, 2013
    NEW YORK It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart. As New York City grapples with the legality of a ban on the sale of large cups of soda and other sugary drinks at some businesses, one thing is clear: soda's run as the nation's beverage of choice has fizzled. In its place? A favorite for much of history: Plain old H2O. For more than two decades, soda was the No. 1 drink in the U.S. with per capita consumption peaking in 1998 at 54 gallons...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: "We're Not Banning Anything; It's Called Portion Control"

    03/11/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 93 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/blog/ ^ | March 11, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the large soda ban set to go into effect this month at city restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters is how government tells the public whats in their best interest. We're not banning anything. It's called portion control, Bloomberg said Sunday on CBSs "Face the Nation." It's a typical way that companies use to and governments use to explain to people what's in their interest and what isn't.
  • Liberty from big soda (NY liberal nanny statism)

    03/10/2013 1:00:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | march 10, 2013 | marion nestle
    Barring any late legal surprises, Mayor Bloomberg's 16-ounce cap on sugary sodas goes into effect on Tuesday, March 12. After that, restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and food carts will not be permitted to sell extra-large portions of sugar-packed drinks. Stay calm. This does not signal the end of democracy in America. This is not the nanny state gone out of control. If we want Americans to be healthy, we are going to have to take actions like this - and many more - and do so soon -snip So-called "nanny-state" measures - like bans on driving while drunk, smoking...
  • Bloomberg's soda ban prohibits 2-liter bottles with your pizza

    02/24/2013 5:29:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/24/13 | BRAD HAMILTON and SUSAN EDELMAN
    Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kids birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. -snip- Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount...
  • Triple Lutz Report Nanny Bloomberg Is Coming For Your Pain Meds

    01/14/2013 11:29:18 AM PST · by appeal2 · 6 replies
    www.financialsurvivalnetwork.com ^ | 01/14/13 | Kerry Lutz
    Some people never learn. New York City's Mayor Michael The Nanny Bloomberg is one of them. He's been a major gun grabber for years. Along the way he's gone after cigar smokers, transfats, baby formula and Big Gulp sodas. He has to be the all time greatest buzzkill. He likes his hot dogs, we like our fries, why can't we all just get along? But no sooner does The Nanny ban extra large sodas, now he's after your pain meds. He instructed New York City's socialized medical institutions to limit such prescriptions, even if it means more patient suffering. Who...
  • More soda tax measures may be coming

    11/29/2012 11:13:17 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Richmond's soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties. Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots. "We lost the election, but the movement will eventually win," said Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the Richmond city councilman who sponsored Measure N. "Momentum is on our side."
  • Pepsi seeks lead in the cola wars with new fat-blocking soda (Moochelle approved?)

    11/13/2012 7:00:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/12/12 | Danielle Tworek
    Pepsi seeks lead in the cola wars with new fat-blocking sodaBy: Danielle Tworek November 12, 2012 In the endless battle to shake their growing reputation as a key trigger point in Americas obesity epidemic, the major soda manufacturer, Pepsi, has a new invention for the soda market: Pepsi Special, the fat-blocking cola. On November 13, consumers in Japan will believe they can say yes to the fries and even add a little bacon on that burger as they head through the drive-thru, as long as they include a large Pepsi Special with their meal deal. At least thats the concept...
  • Some on D.C. Council favor restricting sugary drinks

    10/23/2012 3:57:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 12 replies
    WTOP ^ | October 23, 2012 | Mark Segraves
    WASHINGTON - Several members of the D.C. Council have come out in favor of restricting the sizes of sugary sodas sold in the District - a ban similar to one in New York City. At a recent debate between candidates for the at-large council seats, current Councilmembers Michael Brown and Vincent Orange said without hesitation they would vote to ban the sale of large drinks.
  • Washington boy finds whiskey in Mountain Dew - "It didnt taste like Mountain Dew at all

    10/20/2012 2:26:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | October 20, 2012 | ZAHID ARAB
    Washington boy finds whiskey in Mountain Dew A 13-year-old in Shoreline said he took a swig of his Mountain Dew and it turned out to be whiskey. His parents say the bottle was sealed and looked legit. Except for the color it looks like a fully functional Mountain Dew, said Marie Grant, mother. Marcus Olson immediately spit it out. It tasted a little bitter. It didnt taste like Mountain Dew at all, he said. His mother said her son drank at least a shot. Grant is furious. She claims shes only getting the run around from both Pepsi and the...
  • NYC Board of Health passes big-soda crackdown rule

    09/13/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT · by matt04 · 57 replies
    New York City's health board has passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation passed Thursday puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other calorie-packed beverages. The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food. It doesn't cover supermarkets or most convenience stores. City health officials say the ban is necessary to combat a deadly obesity epidemic. The restaurant and beverage industries have assailed the plan as misguided. They say the city's...
  • NYC 'Soda Ban' Decision Expected Thursday

    09/13/2012 2:06:55 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    USNews ^ | September 12, 2012
    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- New York City's controversial proposal to regulate restaurant sales of large sugary drinks is coming to a head, with the city's Board of Health scheduled to decide the measure's fate on Thursday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's self-appointed board is expected to pass the measure, effectively prohibiting city restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors (but not grocery stores or convenience stores) from selling sweetened beverages in servings exceeding 16 ounces. The mayor has framed the issue as an urgent public health effort to combat obesity, saying the goal is to help New Yorkers make better...
  • Seth Goldman: Mayor Bloomberg and Our 16.9-Ounce Tea

    07/23/2012 9:49:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2012 | Seth Goldman
    Is 16.9 oz. the perfect size? Who knows? We willingly submit to the unforgiving judgment of the market.As a fellow entrepreneur with a public-service orientation, I have been a longtime admirer of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to acting on his principles. Having launched Honest Tea 14 years ago with five thermoses and a belief that consumers were thirsty for a lower-calorie natural and organic beverage, I appreciate all he has accomplished. However, I write today as an entrepreneur frustrated by a proposal that arbitrarily complicates the practical realities of commerce. When the mayor announced his proposal to...
  • Soda taxes should be used to fight obesity: doctors

    06/21/2012 8:40:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/21/2012 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - America's largest physician organization recommended on Wednesday that taxes levied on sugar-sweetened sodas be used to fight the country's growing obesity crisis. But the policy statement adopted by the American Medical Association's House of Delegates meeting in Chicago fell short of outright support for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages to control use of these products. Two recommendations to support such taxes put before the group's policy-making body in prior meetings failed to pass. "While there is no silver bullet that will alone reverse the meteoric rise of obesity, there are many things we can do to fight this epidemic...
  • Is Cambridge, MA Suffering From "Pepsi Envy?" (Soda ban spreads)

    06/20/2012 5:22:24 AM PDT · by suspects · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 20, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Call it a case of “Pepsi Envy.” The far-left kookocracy that rules Cambridge (motto: “Too small for a Republic, too large for a permanent ‘Occupy’ encampment”) saw the unrelenting mockery of New York City’s proposed “big-soda” ban and said, “Hey, that could be us!” And so they leapt at the opportunity to play national punch line yet again, pushing their own version of Nanny Bloomberg’s Big Gulp ban. If the story of Massachusetts were made into a movie, Cambridge would be played by Pauly Shore. And even he’d be embarrassed by it. Embarrassed because even in this attempt at self-humiliation,...
  • Cambridge , Mass considers ban of soda pops ( Modern day Temperance movement )

    06/19/2012 4:14:56 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    City of Cambridge, MA ^ | June 19 2012 | MAYOR DAVIS
    Policy Order Resolution O-4 ORIGINAL ORDER IN CITY COUNCIL June 18, 2012 MAYOR DAVIS WHEREAS: High intake of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of obesity and diabetes; and WHEREAS: New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants; now therefore be it ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to refer the matter of a ban on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants to the Cambridge Public Health Department for a recommendation.
  • Now Massachusetts city of Cambridge wants to outlaw large sugary drinks in restaurants

    06/19/2012 5:21:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2012 | Staff
    aking a cue from New York City's proposed ban on sugary drinks, one Massachusetts town is looking to pass a similar crackdown to combat obesity and diabetes. Residents of Cambridge may have to sacrifice larger portions of soft drinks in its battle of the bulge, nearly a month after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made national headlines with his own proposal. Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis submitted the proposal at a city council meeting on Monday night.
  • NYC board of health: Hey, maybe we should extend this soda ban to other foods

    06/14/2012 6:24:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/14/2012 | AllahPundit
    Like I said a few weeks ago, this was always the goal of the otherwise dumb soda regs. A restriction on portion sizes makes no sense when it's limited to one kind of beverage and a select few types of vendors except as a way to inure the public to more draconian regulations down the line. Ban big sodas now, let people get used to it, and then if/when the city's obesity rate dips --- for whatever reason(s) --- flog the hell out of those statistics as proof that dietary nannyism works and should be pursued more aggressively. No surprise,...
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Big Gulp

    06/08/2012 10:04:37 AM PDT · by safetysign · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/07/2012 | Michael Kinsley
    The basic case against New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs latest crusade, to outlaw the sale of extra- large sugared soft drinks, is Libertarianism 101: In a free country, people should have the right to do what they want, even if its bad for them. The major exceptions and complications to this basic principle dont seem to apply. Unlike secondhand smoke, my consumption of a Pepsi does no direct harm to anyone else. Unlike marijuana, sugary drinks have a perfectly adequate and legal substitute: sugar-free drinks. (Even if you can tell the difference between Coke and Diet Coke, you cant claim...
  • Rolling Stone Executive Editor Comes Out in Favor of Federal Version of Bloombergs Soda Ban

    06/06/2012 10:58:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    PJMedia ^ | June 6, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    Remember when Rolling Stone was cool? Yeah, me neither. But it was once a center of rock n roll rebellion and fighting the system. Now its a just another creature of the system. On MSNBC today, RS executive editor Eric Bates came out in favor of a federal ban on large soda sizes. Sounding like a leftist spin doctor, Bates characterized the ban as a regulation on harmful substances that people take into their bodies, and which cost the government millions and millions of dollars a year in obesity and diabetes. Others on the panel, which came at the end...