Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City ban on the sale of big sugary drinks was halted Monday by a state judge, reported the Wall Street Journal. The move is considered a blow to the mayor's big push for public-health initiatives.
The ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at city restaurants, food trucks and some other venues (not including convenience stores and supermarkets, which are regulated by the state) was set to go into effect Tuesday.
The city is "enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations," New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling wrote. Tingling called the ban "arbitrary and capricious."
"The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole," he wrote. "It applies to some but not all food establishments in the city. It excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories."