Warning labels required on sugary drinks sold in California
Updated: Sunday, February 16 2014, 02:20 PM CST
Warning labels you typically see on cigarette packages, may soon be seen on sugary drinks sold in California. A state lawmaker is proposing legislation to require companies to place health warning labels on the front of all cans and bottles of soda and sugary fruit drinks. The proposed law would apply to drinks that have sugar added and have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label would read: "State of California Safety Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." Medical experts are throwing their support behind the measure. But organizations representing beverage producers say the bill unfairly blames one product for obesity. If passed, the legislation would go into effect July 1st, 2015.