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Sugary Drinks, Sodas in CA Legally Required to have Warning Labels

May 24, 2019 - 9:41 am

(KNX 1070) - Sugary drinks and sodas in California will now be legally required to have warning labels in a bill that narrowly passed in the State Senate.

State senators barely passed Senate Bill 347 that would require drinks with 75 calories or more from sugar to have a health warning label.

The container would say "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) may contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.”

The bill states "This bill would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, which would prohibit a person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale a sugar-sweetened beverage in a sealed beverage container, a multipack of sugar-sweetened beverages, or a concentrate, as those terms are defined, in this state unless the sealed beverage container, multipack, or packaging of the concentrate bears a safety warning, as prescribed."

The bill was sponsored by Senator Bill Monning of Carmel.

OC Republican John Moorlach didn't fancy California being so sour on sugary drinks.

If the measure passes next in Assembly, it'll go on to the Governor's desk for a signature.