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March 12th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

NY Restaurant Association's Moesel: Vendors relieved by blocked drink rules, could have set a 'very bad precedent' for the industry

New York Restaurant Association's Andrew Moesel on a judge's decision to halt a NYC ban on large sugary drinks.

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March 12th, 2013
08:17 AM ET

NYC Health Commissioner: Large sugary drink cap is crucial for health, and city lawyers predict a win on appeal

New York City Michael Bloomberg is vowing to fight a repeal of the city's ban of large sugary drinks. It was supposed to go into effect today, but a state judge said it was "arbitrary and capricious."

Bloomberg appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" to respond to the ruling and reiterate that he will continue to keep fighting.

"We strongly believe in the end the courts will recognize the board of health's authority to regulate the sale of beverages that have no virtually no nutritional value and which consumed in large quantities are leading to disease and death for thousands of people every year," he says.

This morning on "Starting Point," NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley responds to the judge's ruling to halt a ban on large sugary drinks.

"Basically, the judge said that the Board of Health doesn't have the authority to put in place this regulation," Farley says. "Our lawyers think he's wrong on the law. More importantly, he's wrong on health."

"The Board of Health regulates what it can," Farley adds. "This is really crucial for health. We have a major problem with obesity in the city."

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