Sugary Drink Warning Labels Fizzle Out Again In California Legislature

Posted On: 7/8/2019

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SACRAMENTO, CA -- For the fifth time in as many years, a bill that would require health warning labels on sugary drinks in California was shot down in the Legislature last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), who introduced the latest bill, shelved it after it lacked sufficient votes last week in the Assembly Health Committee to advance this year, but said he may reintroduce it next year.

The legislation would have required beverages with added sweeteners that contain 75 calories or more per 12 fl.oz. to have the following safety-warning label: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) may contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay." Stores and fast-food restaurants would have to place warning labels on the exterior of any self-service beverage dispensing machine used by a consumer to dispense a sugar-sweetened beverage.

A warning label would have been required in a location visible to consumers in foodservice establishments where employees fill cups of soda.

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