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ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Company released a statement Thursday responding to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban of oversize sodas and other sugary drinks.
"The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes," Coca-Cola says in the statement, which was posted on its website. "We are transparent with our consumers. They can see exactly how many calories are in every beverage we serve. We have prominently placed calorie counts on the front of our bottles and cans and in New York City, restaurants already post the calorie content of all their offerings and portion sizes -- including soft drinks."
Bloomberg said Wednesday that he thinks the ban is "what the public wants the mayor to do," but Coca-Cola's statement counters this.
"New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this," the statement says. "They can make their own choices about the beverages they purchase. We hope New Yorkers loudly voice their disapproval about this arbitrary mandate."