Bostons mayor bans sale of sugary drinks

April 8, 2011

The mayor of Boston has banned the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks at all city properties and functions, according to The Boston Globe.

This current ban is an expansion of the ban of sugary drinks sold in vending machines located in Boston public schools, which the city instituted in 2004. Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s executive order has established color-coded standards for determining what beverages can be allowed on city property. Beverages coded red include sugar-sweetened beverages such as non-diet soft drinks, presweetened teas, refrigerated coffee drinks, energy and sports drinks, and juices with added sugars. These will not be allowed. Those coded yellow such as diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100% juices, low-calorie sports drinks, low-sugar sweetened beverages, sweetened soymilk, and flavored sweetened milk, and those coded green such as bottled water, flavored and unflavored seltzer water, low-fat milk, and unsweetened soymilk will be allowed.

The Boston Globe article