California state Senator Bill Monning introduced legislation Thursday that would require soda and other sugary beverages to carry a health warning label linking the products to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. The first-in-the-nation labels would be on the front of products with added sugar and 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. Self-serve soda fountains would carry the label on the front of the fountain.
"We agree that obesity is a serious and complex issue," says CalBev, the state arm of the American Beverage Association says in a statement. "However, it is misleading to suggest that soft drink consumption is uniquely responsible for weight gain. In fact, only four percent of calories in the average American diet are derived directly from soda."
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