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A state senate committee on health voted 5-2 Wednesday in favor of SB 1000, a bill that would require warning labels on sugary beverages in California.

“We know that sugar sweetened beverage represents the leading source of increased caloric intake in children,” Sen. Bill Monning, the bill’s author, said.

The bill would require restaurants, gas stations, vending machine companies and beverage manufacturers to display a warning for all drinks that contain 75 or more calories per 12 ounces, similar to warnings on cigarette packages.

“The warning label would say consumption of this product contributes to obesity diabetes and tooth decay,” Monning said.

Up next for Monning’s bill – the appropriations committee.

“Over time, I have witnessed my younger patients struggling with overweight and rates of diabetes being diagnosed much younger than they have been in the past,” Dr. Ashby Wolfe, a family physician from Oakland, said.

The opposition to this bill is still hoping to block it before it reaches the governors desk, they don’t believe a label will stop anyone from purchasing the beverage. They believe it only creates more red tape.

“You’re creating red tape by requiring a restaurant owner or grocery owner to know what should or should not be labeled and, at the same time, you’re not really giving consumers new information,” Karen Hanreatty, with the California-Nevada Beverage Association, said. “They already have two calorie labels on every bottle or can.”