Great Feat! One Step Closer for Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

I have previously posted the health problems caused by sugary drinks, which is why I am so thrilled that Californians are closer at having warning labels on sugary drinks. The Senate Health Committee approved SB-1000 on a 5-2 vote.

Here is what a can of pop could potentially look like:

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“Developed by a panel of nutrition and public health experts, this warning is intended to protect consumers and promote informed purchasing decisions by making known the scientifically proven health risks of sugary drink consumption, which include obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

This requirement, applicable to most beverages containing over 75 calories per 12 oz. serving, would be enforced by the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with local enforcement agencies. Violators would be liable to pay a civil fine of up to $500
per inspection.”

I think this is a big step in the right direction. A simple label like this could inform and educated a large amount of people using very little resources.

This is very similar to cigarette warning labels, and they have been shown to be effective. Warning labels with diagrams have been shown to be even more effective. In this case, a picture of tooth decay would really help create a stronger emotional response. Also, bigger warnings labels are better. There is still much more work that needs to get done, but this is exciting news! I am glad that there is recognition that these drinks are no good, and that people are taking action. I’m just wondering the reasons behind those who voted against this…

Hopefully this idea will come to light. Thoughts on warning labels on sugary drinks?

-Stay informed

http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org/resources/warninglabel/SB1000_HealthCommittee_PressRelease_Final.pdf

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