Proponents of last year’s unsuccessful tax on sugary drinks in California got a morale boost last week when California Senator Bill Morning’s bill to place warning labels on sugary drinks passed through the state senate’s health committee. The labels would contain warnings about obesity, type II diabetes, and tooth decay.
If enacted, the legislation would put California, which banned sodas and junk food from public schools in 2005, in the vanguard of a growing national movement to curb the consumption of high-caloric beverages that medical experts say are largely to blame for an epidemic of childhood obesity.”
Lisa Katic, who testified on behalf of the California Nevada Soft Drink Association, said the proposal, while well intentioned, "will do nothing to prevent obesity, diabetes or tooth decay, and may even make problems worse."
According to Katic, the main source of added sugars in American diets are sandwiches and hamburgers, and not sodas or other soft drinks.”
We’ve been excited about initiatives like this in the past and regardless of the outcome of this particular bill, we know that we’ll see more like it in the future.