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Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks Bill
SB 203 (Monning)

California's obesity and diabetes epidemics are taking an enormous toll on public health and driving up healthcare costs. 

A vast amount of scientific research shows that soda and other sugary drinks are the single largest contributors to the obesity epidemic. Furthermore, liquid sugar has a unique role in adding to skyrocketing type 2 diabetes rates in our state. 

Consumers have a right to know about the unique health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks. That's why the California Center for Public Health Advocacy co-sponsored the sugar-sweetened beverages safety warning act. Introduced on February 11, 2015—the bill offered a common sense approach to combat this growing health crisis. The bill would have required warning labels be placed on sugary drink containers to let consumers know vital information about the health dangers related to what they drink—affording Californians a chance to make informed choices about what they purchase. 

Unfortunately, the warning label bill died in the Senate Health Committee on April 29, 2015, but there is an opportunity for SB 203 to be reconsidered at the beginning of 2016. 

Below are resources outlining further details of this groundbreaking piece of legislation:

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Resources: (best printed using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer):

Final 2015 Press Release on SB 203

SB 203 Fact Sheet (English)

SB 203 Fact Sheet (Spanish)
SB 203 Science Facts (English)
SB 203 Science Facts (Spanish)
SB 203 Scientific Panel
SB 203 Co-Sponsors
Current List of Support
SB 203-The Label

Bill Language - Introduced
Press Release
Full SB 203 Press Kit
SB 203 Spokespersons

Images:
Soda 2-Liter with Warning Label
Soda Can with Warning Label
Warning Label Text

For Advocates:
Sample Letter of Organizational Support to Senator Monning
Sample County Support Resolution (Word version)
Sample City Support Resolution (Word version)
Sample School Board Support Resolution (Word version)


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Last Updated: May 1 , 2015