Sugary drink bill fails to move foward

Local senator's efforts to put warning labels on soda fizzle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A bill that sought to place health warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages akin to tobacco and alcohol failed to pass out of an Assembly Committee Tuesday.

The label, developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts, would have stated: STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

It was authored by local Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel).

He said Senate Bill 1000 didn't get the necessary amount of votes in the Assembly Committee on Health.

"While I am disappointed SB 1000 did not pass out of Committee, I remain committed to pursuing this issue and being part of a broad public health campaign to educate communities about the proven health risks of sugary drinks," stated Senator Monning in a news release.  "Protecting the public's health from the adverse effects of these products will help combat the diabetes and obesity epidemics in California."

If enacted, SB 1000 would have required the placement of a warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. 

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