Philly Passes a Soda Tax – But Will Soon Have to Defend It in Court
ICYMI: Last Thursday, Philadelphia became the first major American city to pass a tax on sugary drinks and diet sodas. (Berkeley, CA has had a similar tax since 2014, but given the city’s left-leaning population, some viewed it as an anomaly.)
The 1.5 cents per ounce tax was pitched in Philadelphia as a means of raising revenue – over $400 million is expected to be collected in the next five years – to be used for pre-K education and other city programs. But health advocates are understandably elated by the victory: after a similar tax was instituted in Mexico, there was a measurable drop in sugary drink consumption in that country within just one year.
Advocates expect that other cities around the country will soon follow Philadelphia’s lead, but the American Beverage Association isn’t taking the Philly victory lying down. After its $4 million ad campaign failed to prevent passage of the tax, it vowed to fight the measure in court.
Petitions Circulating to Fight House CNR Bill
Regular TLT readers know all about the (misguided) Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill passed by the House Education & the Workforce Committee, a bill which would roll back key school food reforms and put economically disadvantaged kids at risk. If you’d like to voice your objection to the bill, please consider signing this petition from Food Policy Action and this one launched on Change.org by a second grade teacher worried about the hungry kids in her classroom.
Peanut-Contaminated Flour Prompts More Recalls
Heads-up to parents of food-allergic kids: yet more major companies are recalling their snack products after a grain supplier recently discovered peanut residue in its wheat flour. The list now includes many popular products from Kellogg’s and Mars.
A Summer Slow-Down . . .
I’m working on some longer pieces right now that are taking up a lot of my time, so posting here on TLT may be a bit less frequent in the coming weeks. But I’ll pop back in as warranted by the news, and I’ll keep TLT’s social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter active. Hope you’re having a relaxing summer break! 🙂
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