California Moves to Put Obesity-Warning Labels on Sodas

Going into sticker shock.
Going into sticker shock.

While other mealtime health risks involving bullets are grabbing all of the attention lately, the warning-label-inclined California senate went all Bloomberg yesterday on another danger, the sugary soda, with a bill that requires drinks with more than 75 calories per 12 ounces to carry the label “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

At an earlier hearing, bill sponsor Bill Monning argued that the “minimal burden on industry to comply” — the relabeling and repackaging — is “far outweighed” by putting an end to the “obesity and diabetic epidemic.” Though naturally sugary, all kinds of 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices are exempt, so it’s now on the California/Nevada Soft Drink Association to take apart SB 1000. “The last thing California needs is more warning labels,” seems to be the best thing they’ve come up with so far.

California Bill Requiring Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks Advances [Reuters]