Could California go through with a motion to require warning labels on sodas? The SF Gate notes that San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has taken a stance in favor of the legislation that would give these drinks safety warnings in order to educate consumers and promote healthy choices.
While this measure is predictably meeting with opposition from beverage producers, the vote from the Board was reportedly unanimous, and means that the issue will continue to develop steam.
In the proposal, linked to by the Gate and co-authored by California senator Bill Monning and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, the bill calls for a fine to be enacted for those companies that violate the labeling requirement, and would create a fund specifically for this purpose. And it might have a wider-reaching effect than some businesses might anticipate, since the legislation would also pertain to candy sold in store vending machines.
The Washington Times spoke to Senator Monning about the expected impact of the labels. From his point of view, the situation is obviously urgent.
"The goal of the warning quite simply is to give consumers the right to know what are well-established medical impacts from consuming these beverages," Monning said. "We're talking about a public health epidemic that will take more lives than gun violence."
Manufacturers can get so bogged down in their work that they aren't prepared to meet the demands of new initiatives. This labeling process could prove to be a drain on the resources of companies that don't have a color label printer on-hand. And when it comes to beverages, a label applicator is also a necessary item that can lead to strong production processes.