NY Lawmakers Mull Health Warning Labels for Soda
New York State Lawmakers are considering a proposal to require labels to warn consumers about the adverse health effects of sugary drinks, in a similar manner to the way cigarette packages are labeled.
The effort follows an attempt by the Bloomberg administration to ban large sodas, which was ultimately struck down by a judge.
Two committees of the state Assembly are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal Monday in New York City.
The legislation is sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection.
The warnings would appear on cans and bottles of regular soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. The size of the label would increase based on the size of the container.