San Francisco pushes to be first with sugary drink warning labels

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/MEDIA GENERAL) – San Francisco is making a push to be the first city with warning labels on sugary drinks. Just like tobacco and alcohol, the warning would advise consumers against health risks.

 The legislation would require warnings on all ads for sugary drinks with 25 calories or more per 12 ounces.

According to Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar, this proposal will take a three-pronged approach to bring awareness to the danger of excess sugar consumption. This proposal is the next effort after a failed soda tax, and wouldn’t require voter approval.

Wiener is locally supporting state legislation that is being proposed by State Sen. Bill Monning. It says the warning would read, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

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