California Legislation Calls For Warning Labels On SodaThu 06 Mar 2014
Story by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
Last month, a new bill to help limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in California was introduced, the ‘Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act’, also known as SB 1000 – Senator Monning.
SB 1000 would place a simple warning on the front of all beverage containers (including bottles, cans, vending machines, dispensers, and restaurateurs) with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label, developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts, would read: STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay
Find out more about the bill in this press release, and a full fact sheet with all the information you need to know here.
• An overwhelming body of research has unequivocally shown that sugary drinks are major contributors to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. These diseases cost California billions of dollars in health care costs and lost productivity every year.
• Over the last thirty years, California’s adult obesity rate has nearly tripled. California’s children aren’t fairing much better. Nearly 40% of California children are currently overweight or obese.
• Sugary drinks are the biggest contributor of added calories in the American diet. In the last 30 years, the average American’s daily caloric intake has increased by nearly 300 calories and 43% of those additional calories come from soda consumption. While adding considerable calories to the American diet, sugary drink calories are unique in that they provide no nutritional value.
• Overwhelming science shows that soda and other sugary drinks are the single largest contributors to the obesity epidemic and liquid sugar has a unique role in driving today’s skyrocketing cases of diabetes.
• Consumers have a right to know about the unique health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks. SB 1000 is a common sense approach to provide that vital information.
To find out more about the bill, ask questions and learn its progress, follow @CCPHA and @kickthecaninfo on Twitter, visit the website at www.sodawarninglabel.org and join the CCPHA advocacy network to receive e-blasts and all the latest information.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
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