January 25th, 2013
09:18 AM ET

Groups: NYC soda ban unfair to small, minority-owned businesses

By Jason Kessler, CNN

New York (CNN) - New York City's attempt to keep people from fattening up on sugary soft drinks, by banning some of them, would disproportionately hurt small, minority-owned businesses, according to the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation.

The two groups have filed a joint brief supporting a lawsuit by the American Beverage Association in which they say New York's unelected Board of Health overstepped its power in approving the ban the sale of sugary drinks bigger than 16 ounces in certain city venues.

Due to take effect in March, the ban is meant to combat obesity and encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles, according to the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office. But many have decried the ban as a sign of the growing "nanny-state" and an unfair intrusion on personal freedom.

It was passed in September by the New York City Board of Health, following weeks of intense debate.

In their jointly-filed amicus brief, the NAACP New York State Conference and the Hispanic Federation repeatedly claim that small, minority-owned businesses will suffer from the ban while their much-larger competitors will get a pass.

The ban will "selectively and unfairly harm small and minority-owned businesses by discriminatorily preventing them from selling large 'sugary beverages' while allowing their large competitors such as 7-11 and grocery stores to carry the banned sugary beverages," according to the brief.

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  1. Jorge

    The FDA and USDA are two of the most corrupt, inept, misused agencies in the federal government, and Bloomberg is a pandering social illiterate. The federal government has allowed Thalidomide, Aspartame, BPA, flouride, mercury, livestock hormones, petroleum-based food coloring, BHT & BHA, nitrites, Ritalin, OxyContin and other manufactured poisons to be produced for human consumption, but the best that supersized wag in NY can do is forbid the sale of a certain size of soft drinks to gluttons who stuff their faces with pizza, hotdogs and fast-food frankenburgers anyway. New Yorkers should know better than to cosset this idiocy, but alas...

    January 30, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. The_Truth

    An now nypd commissioner says handguns are the real problem.... now that they scared the crap out of all the libs with the assault weapon lie.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. bankrupt1

    corn and corn derivatives cause chronic inflammation. raises blood sugar on the allergy route. plus too much sugar too fast. pitch it altogether. NAACP is wrong. Blomberg is right.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Truth

      Who cares? Many things are dangerous..... like alcohol...

      With Freedom.... comes responsibility.. so teach your kids not to drink soda...

      Do we really need a nanny state????

      January 28, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |