Bill Requiring Labelling on Sugary Drinks Passes Health Committee

SB 347, which requires sugary beverages sold in California to have a health-warning label, passed the Senate Health Committee on a 5-1 vote.

The bill specifically targets beverages with added sweeteners that are 75 calories or more per 12 ounce to have the following label: “State of California Safety Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) may contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.”

Following the vote the bill’s author, Senator Bill Monning said “A health-warning label provides science-based information that will inform consumer choice and lead to better health outcomes for all Californians … It provides consumers with evidence based health information similar to labels that have been affixed to alcohol and tobacco products for decades” 

SB 347 will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee for its next hearing.

Read Sen. Monning’s press release Here.