Example Policies

Warning Labels

San Francisco Ordinance: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning for Advertisements (2015).  This bill requires health warnings on posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces. The warning will read “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.”  The legislation was passed by ordinance by the SF Board of Supervisors in June 2015.  In an attempt to stop the warning label provision from taking effect, the beverage industry filed an injunction, which was refused by a federal judge in May 2016.

NY Assembly Bill 10172 (A10172).  Introduced in 2014 by New York Representative Karim Camara, the bill would require sugar-sweetened beverages to be labeled with a safety warning which would read: "SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." The bill defines "sugar-sweetened beverage" as any sweetened nonalcoholic beverage, carbonated or noncarbonated, sold for human consumption that has added caloric sweeteners and which contains seventy-five calories or more per twelve fluid ounces. The law would not apply to the following beverages: any beverage containing one hundred percent natural fruit juice or natural vegetable juice with no added caloric sweeteners, an oral nutritional therapy for persons who cannot absorb or metabolize dietary nutrients from food or beverages, a source of necessary nutrition used as a result of a medical condition or an oral electrolyte solution for infants and children formulated to prevent dehydration due to illness, any product for consumption by infants and that is commonly referred to as "infant formula"; or any beverage whose principal ingredient by weight is milk.

CA Senate Bill 203 (SB203), The Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act.  Introduced in 2015 by California State Senator William Monning, the bill would place a simple warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces.  The label reads: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes 
to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay." 
Unfortunately, SB203 died in committee in April 2015 and was not reintroduced in January 2016.

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