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Bill to Warn Consumers About Sugary Drinks Introduced

Bill to Warn Consumers About Sugary Drinks Introduced

Author: Jack Schatz/Saturday, March 25, 2017/Categories: California Legislation, California Law and Regulation, CDPH, Prop65

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A California State Senator has introduced a bill that would call for health warning labels on all "sugary beverages" sold in the state. 

State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced SB 300, which would require manufacturers to post health warning labels on all sugar-sweetened beverages with more than 75 calories per 12-ounce serving.

The warning labels would provide information about the risk of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

The warning labels would read: "Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay."

The bill is Monning's third attempt to pass legislation to compel soda and sports drink makers to include health warnings on their product labels.

"Strong and compelling scientific evidence clearly shows drinking sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary drinks heightens your risk of preventable, chronic disease," he said in a statement.

The legislation doesn't apply to natural fruit juice or vegetable juice without added caloric sweeteners, dietary aids, or infant formula or products with milk or a milk substitute as the primary ingredient, according to the text of the bill.

SB 300 is opposed by The American Beverage Association which says that the bill would require manufacturers to include "misleading warnings" on their products.

The trade group argues that beverage companies already provide fact-based, easy-to-use calorie labels on the front of every bottle, can and pack sold.  

Monning introduced similar bills in 2014 and 2015 which failed to pass in The California Assembly Committee on Health on both legislative sessions.

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