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Berkeley soda pop tax gets 75% support despite Big Soda lobby

Berkeley - Berkeley, California last week became the first city in the United States to institute a tax on soda pop and other sugary beverages.

Soft drink giants to cut calories, Pepsi launches new soda

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple, among the largest beverage companies in the United States, have announced that they will cut calorie levels in their products by 20 percent over the next decade.

Op-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.

A single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines

Consumption of a single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines for an adult. According to the BC Dairy Association (BCDA), other drink alternatives should be considered.

Ranch Dressing, Buffalo Wing, and Bacon Flavored Sodas

Lester's Fixins has developed some very unconventional flavors of soda. Their sodas include Ranch dressing, Bacon, Buffalo Wing, and Sweet Corn.

NYC soda ban overturned, then appealed

New York - For months, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to limit the size of sodas that are sold within the boundaries of New York City. Just one day before the ban was to take effect, Justice Milton Tingling halted what was to take place.

Op-Ed: Take this butter, soda and sugar from my cold, dead hands

Toronto - Perhaps it's the libertarian in me, but I am just about sick and tired with government issuing bans, prohibitions and mandates. Whether it's my neighbours to the south or in the igloos of the north, politicians want to tell me how to live.

Mississippi legislature passes bipartisan 'anti-Bloomberg bill'

Jackson - In response to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to prohibit large sugary beverages, Mississippi lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation that allows consumers to make the choice whether or not to consume unhealthy food items.

Report: Tax sugary soft drinks to save lives

A new report urges the British government to levy a tax on sugar laden soft drinks in the 2013 budget, to raise £1 billion to pay for free school meals and promote healthier eating amongst children.

Coca-Cola defends drinks in new ad, points to low calorie options

A new ad from Coca-Cola is defending itself against criticisms and promoting its low sugar and sugar free beverages as ways to combat obesity. The ads are being launched this week.

'Fat blocking' Pepsi launches in Japan

A new Pepsi drink, called 'Pepsi Special,' is now available in Japan, claiming to contain a special 'fat blocking' ingredient to assist with weight loss.

Woman torches vending machine after it takes her money

New Bern - A North Carolina woman has admitted she intentionally lit a soda vending machine at a grocery store on fire after it kept her money.

New soda vending machines to display calorie info

In response to growing criticism of 'sugary drinks', several companies in the soda industry will be posting calorie content and other nutritional information on vending machines in the near future.

N.Y.C. Board of Health approves supersize sugary drink ban

New York - The New York City Board of Health approved a controversial motion today to ban large-sized sugary drinks in restaurants, movie theatres and other public venues.

Filipino lawmaker aims to limit soda drink sizes

As Filipinos suffer the effects of floods caused by torrential rains across their country, a lawmaker there has raised another problem: he wants pass a bill that aims to limit the size of soda drinks.

'Mouse in Mountain Dew' lawsuit is settled out of court

Madison - A lawsuit against PepsiCo over an alleged mouse in a can of Mountain Dew has been settled for an undisclosed sum of money.

American Medical Association votes on taxing sugary drinks

Chicago - The American Medical Association has voted in favour of a policy that promotes taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages, but stopped short of a full endorsement of the policy.

N.Y.C. Board of Health endorses ban on large sugary drinks

New York - A recent proposal regarding a ban on large sugary drinks by New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one step closer to becoming city law.

Salty Watermelon Pepsi to debut in Japan this summer

Pepsi Japan is getting ready to launch a new flavored soda this summer. The company plans to introduce "Salty Watermelon Pepsi" on July 24.

Buffalo wing soda hits the market, other food flavored pops

Lester's Fixins is a brand known for its unusual flavors of sodas. The latest creation, Buffalo Wing Soda, has been getting some attention on the Web this week.

Man charged with $1 felony, allegedly swiped soda at McDonald's

Naples - A Florida man was charged with a felony last week after he allegedly failed to pay for a soda at a McDonald's restaurant on Apr. 19.

Pepsi gets ready to launch lower calorie soda 'Pepsi Next'

Purchase - PepsiCo is looking to make a dent in the soft drink market once again with a new product. What's being described as trying to "fill a void" between diet and regular Pepsi, the new item, Pepsi Next, will be a lower calorie soda.

Daily consumption of diet soda increases risk of heart attack

New research suggests that indulging in a daily can of diet soda increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Coupled with previous research into the damaging affects of aspartame, the health risks associated with diet soda are worrying.

Woman charged in soda can deposit scheme using stolen EBT card

Lynn - A Lynn, Mass. woman was arrested in connection with a bizarre scheme which involved a soda can deposit machine and a stolen EBT card.

Diet soda linked to heart attack, stroke? Soda drinkers respond Special

Diet soda drinkers respond to a "bad" study presented at the recent American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, which indicates that "people who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events".

Bacon soda the new holiday treat?

The new beverage concoction is a bacon-flavored soda that is available now for a limited time during the holiday season.

Marijuana soda provides a 'high' without the smoke Special

Colorado Springs - California may legalize the sale of recreational marijuana in a couple weeks and if a Colorado-based soda pop company has any say in the matter, you may soon be able to buy “soda pot” in your local Ralph’s, 7-11 or CVS Pharmacy.

Soft drinks can increase risk for pancreatic cancer

Those who consume two or more soft drinks per week are increasing their risks of pancreatic cancer, according to a report issued by Cancer Epidemiology: Biomarkers & Prevention. The new study joins other research looking at cancer risk factors.

Legislator Schedules Hearing on Soda-Obesity Link

California Senate's Select Committee on Obesity and Diabetes chairman Sen. Alex Padilla plans to hold hearings probably in November regarding the link between soda consumption and obesity.

Op-Ed: Should Governments Impose Sin Taxes on Soda?

U.S. Senate leaders are considering a "sin tax" on pop drinks to help pay for health care reform. But is this idea legislating morality or simply trying to wean Americans off liquid sugar?
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