Statement from Jim Krieger, Executive Director of Healthy Food America, on Philadelphia Sugary Drink Tax

The American Beverage Association, representing Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and other sugary drink manufacturers have filed yet another unjustified lawsuit to block sensible public policy to protect people from diabetes and other harms caused by their products. Industry seems set on using questionable legal delaying tactics, despite losing lawsuits in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.

In Philadelphia, they do not care that they are jeopardizing pre-K for the city’s most vulnerable kids, to say nothing of their health. They simply will try any tactic to thwart the city’s ability to care for its own in order to keep making profit from selling products that that put their customers’ health at risk.

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