BOSTON PUBLIC Health Commissioner Barbara Ferrer knows that signing a petition to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate sugar in soda is like taking the first step up Mount Everest. Few federal agencies move with the sloth of the FDA, and few move so slowly only to do so little.
“We’re doing everything we can at the local level to combat obesity,” Ferrer said in an interview last week. “But you can do only so much when companies spend billions advertising unhealthy products. It’s been frustrating that there has not been a lot of action at the federal level to clearly state what is safe to consume.’’