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Jul 24, 2012 9:46 PM

Public Hearing On Proposed NY Sugary Drink Ban

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's health board is holding a public hearing on a proposal to ban restaurants, movie theaters and other eateries from serving giant-sized sugary drinks.

The panel is considering a rule that would limit soft-drink cup and bottle sizes at food service establishments to no larger than 16 ounces.

Doctors say sodas and other sweetened beverages are a leading factor in the obesity epidemic.

One public health professor scheduled to speak at the hearing says soda in large amounts is toxic.

But the proposal has been ridiculed by people who say government has no right to tell citizens how much soda they can drink.

The beverage industry says the proposal is an unfair commercial intrusion.

A vote isn't expected until September.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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