Bloomberg Wants Soda Ban Extended Across State

Doing so would allow adding grocery stores to the restrictions


Mayor Bloomberg today called on the state to follow the city's lead by banning the sale of sugary sodas in sizes larger than 16 ounces in all stores, not just restaurants.

The city's new law takes effect March 12 in food establishments regulated by the Health Department.

Supermarkets, groceries and shops where prepared foods constitute less than 50 percent of sales are not affected because they're overseen by the state Agriculture Department and the city doesn't have jurisdiction.

Individual pizza parlors would have to obey the new law, even when it comes to deliveries.