Warning labels could be popping up on cans of soda, and other sweetened drinks, alerting drinkers to the dangers of its sugary contents.
A proposed bill would require a label on the front of all beverage containers whose contents include added sweetners and have 75 calories per 12 ounces, or more. The label would read: “SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay”.
State Senator Bill Monning from Carmel proposed the bill Thursday morning, and it has the support of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the California Medical Association.
“Americans drink more than 45 gallons of sugary beverages a year. These drinks have become a major part of the American diet, and we drink them without a second thought to the damage they do to our health. Consumers have a right to know about the unique health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks,” Dr. Ashby Wolfe from the California Medical Association said in a press release.
The warning over sugary drinks may remind some of New York City’s ban on large sodas. The law would prohibit the sale of certain sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces. Whether or not the law will go into effect is currently being debated in New York’s legal system.
For more information about Senator Monning’s proposed bill for California, head to http://www.sodawarninglabel.org.