Lawmaker tries again on beverage labeling

State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning is launching another try to require a warning label on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Monning introduced a bill similar to one that passed the state Senate last year but died in the Assembly Health Committee after facing strong opposition from the beverage industry.

The measure, Senate Bill 203, would require a warning on beverages with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label would read: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

The bill is sponsored by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the Health Officers Association of California, among others.

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