San Francisco Bans Soda Sales in City Vending Machines
July 7, 2010
California (ChattahBox) – San Fransisco has made the decision to ban the sales of Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Fanta products in vending machines that are put on city property, SF Gate reports.
Mayor Gavin Newsom implemented the rule as part of his attempt to help fight the growing epidemic of obesity, a problem that is partially attributed to the consumption of sodas, which are high in sugar and empty calories.
While most sodas will be out, diet colas are still allowed, provided they do not exceed 25% of the items on sale.
Juices are also going to be strictly maintained, with those presented having to be 100% fruit or vegetable juice, without the added sugars and sweeteners found in some “cocktails”.
Sports drinks are to be disallowed, as are any kind of flavored water that are not sweetened with natural flavors.
Milk, soy milk, rice and other, healthy, dairy related choices – such as smoothies – are to be encouraged, and will make up the majority of drinks offered.
“There’s a direct link between what people eat and drink and the obesity and health care crises in this country,” spokesman for Mayor Newsom, Tony Winnicker said.
“It’s entirely appropriate and not at all intrusive for city government to take steps to discourage the sale of sugary sodas on city property.”