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Soft drinks sold in California may soon carry health warnings

California pushes for health warnings on soda
California pushes for health warnings on soda
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Senator Bill Monning, D-Santa Cruz, of California introduced new legislation to require labeling of soft drinks with health warnings similar to the labeling required on tobacco products, reports the Daily Democrat on February 14. Donning sites research linking the consumption of sugary drinks to diabetes, tooth decay and obesity to support his claims that sugary drinks pose a health risk to Californians.

SB1000 would require all beverages containing more than 75 calories from added sugars per 12 ounce serving carry a warning label to inform consumers of the health risks of consuming excess sugar.

"As with tobacco and alcohol warnings, this legislation will give Californians essential information they need to make healthier choices," says Donning.

Opponents CalBev, a group representing soft drink companies Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, claims singling out one source of excess sugar is unfair and points out that only 4 percent of calories consumed by Americans is actually from drinking sugary beverages. CalBev says the claims that soft drinks are a major contributor to obesity and diabetes are misleading.

If passed, Californians can look forward to warning labels on beverage containers, at the movie theater and at fast food restaurants that sell soft drinks.