CA Bill Would Require Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages

Doug Desjardins, February 19, 2017

"Misleading warnings about common beverages will do nothing for real public health challenges like obesity and diabetes."

SB 300 will probably face an uphill battle, given the past performance of similar bills in California. In 2016, Monning introduced a similar bill—Senate Bill 203—that failed to advance out of the Senate Health Committee. Similar bills introduced in 2014 and 2015 also failed to advance.

Other efforts to curb sales of sugary beverages in the state have had mixed results. In 2014, voters in Berkeley approved a soda tax measure that charges retailers 1 cent for every ounce of sugary drinks sold within the city limits.

In 2012, voters in the cities of Richmond and El Monte rejected ballot measures calling for a similar tax on sugary drinks.

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