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CSPI Urges Health Labels for Sugary Sodas

Posted Dec 19 2008 12:13am

Should sugary sodas require warning labels just like cigarettes do?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require rotating health notices on non-diet soft drinks that contain more than 13 grams of refined sugars per 12 ounces. (The typical soda has 40 grams of sugars.)

While I applaud the concept, I just don't think it's realistic to expect that the soda industry -- known for its intense, effective lobbying -- would stand by idly to let this labeling go into effect.

The messages, CSPI urged, should tell kids:

-  To drink less (non-diet) soda to prevent weight gain, tooth decay, and other health problems. (I'd like to see this "non-diet" mention completely removed; diet sodas could trigger weight gain and other health problems, according to some recent studies).

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