Soda Businesses Appeal To Stop Ban On Big Drinks

A group of restaurant owners and establishments, led by the American soft-drink industry filed a claim against the ban on sales of big sugary beverages at many dining locations in New York, last October 12.

The said restriction was proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and was approved by the Board of Health. The rules were approved in September 2012 and will take effect March next year.

The amendment stated that food service establishments may not sell or afford self-service cups that contain more than 16 fluid ounces. Those who will intrude upon the rule will pay more than two hundred dollars for each violation.

Soda industries filed a suit in Manhattan, stating that the Board of Health does not have the right to sanction the new rules one-sidedly. The complainants say the rules denote “a dramatic departure” from the traditional role of the health sector.

The ban, which applies to delis, fast-foods, movie theaters, convenience stores and other similar business was made after reports of increase rate of obesity in the city.

Concerning the news, Dr. Brian Wansink, a nutrition scientist said that the ban will not succeed and has no relevance to consumers who knowingly purchase the size of beverage they prefer. In contrast, Bloomberg’s spokesperson Marc La Vorgna stated that the court case was baseless.

Meningitis Outburst Cause Another Casualty

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reported on October 13 an additional death caused by fungal meningitis which is associated to viral tainted steroids.

CDCP added that the death toll rises to 15 after the first report which reaches to 197 with the latest victim coming from Indiana.  Almost 13,000 people may have been exposed with the tainted injections. The first case of meningitis after the wave of infection began was reported in Illinois.

The said meningitis outbreak was caused by contaminated drug called methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid which is injected near the spine. The steroids were produced by the New England Compounding Center a drug-manufacturing company based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Early this year, these tinted batches of steroids were used for spinal injections as treatment for back pains.

The outbreak is now considered as a major health scandal affecting more than 23 states. Recent reports said that the company already surrendered their licensed and recalled all their products including the tainted steroids. The company traded more than 17,000 unsafe drugs to these states including 76 health facilities.

As an addition, Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord.