[Ed. – Somewhere Michael Bloomberg is smiling.]
A California state senator wants to make his state the first in the nation to require warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks, a proposal called “misleading” by beverage industry officials.
Democratic Sen. William Monning’s bill proposed Thursday would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”
Monning says there is overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and those health problems, adding that the wording was developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts.
“When the science is this conclusive, the state of California has a responsibility to take steps to protect consumers,” Monning said in a press release. “As with tobacco and alcohol warnings, this legislation will give Californians essential information they need to make healthier choices.”