Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks: New Model Legislation | ChangeLab Solutions
Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks: New Model Legislation
Increasingly, Americans are demanding more information about what they eat and drink. A 2012 Associated Press poll found that 79 percent of respondents thought that lack of information about what is in food contributes to high rates of overweight and obesity. In the same poll, 83 percent of respondents favored government policies that provide the public with information about how to make healthy diet choices.
In response to these emerging trends, governments are developing policies to provide people with more comprehensive health information. And as more research links sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption to obesity and chronic disease, governments are increasingly considering policies designed to educate consumers about the health effects of sugary drinks.
Earlier this year, legislation requiring a safety warning informing consumers of the health risks of SSBs was introduced in California. Although the bill didn’t pass, it has prompted other states to consider similar legislation. Most recently, Assembly Bill 10172 was introduced in New York; like SB 1000 in California, this bill would require a safety warning on sugary drinks.