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Requires sugar-sweetened beverages to be labeled with a safety warning

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NYSAVA Members:

NY Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Brooklyn) has introduced Assembly Bill 10172 that will require health warning labels on certain beverages with added sugar. The warning labels on the beverages would contain information about possible health risks related to their consumption, and the size of the label would be determined by the size of the drink. Camara states that the goal of the sugary drink warning labels is to educate the public and lower consumption of these unhealthy drinks, similar to the goal of warning labels on cigarette packages.

Camara’s proposal is the latest effort targeting sugary drinks in the state of New York. In 2010, Former Gov. David Paterson sought a penny-per-fl.oz. “fat tax” on sugary drinks, however the measure failed to pass in the General Assembly. On the municipal level in 2012, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large container sizes for sugary drinks in city-regulated outlets and other venues was struck down in court this year. However, the City's present Mayor, Bill DeBlasio is currently considering proposals to curb the sales of sugared beverages in the city.

The current beverage warning label bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection. NAMA's Government Affairs Team will monitor this bill closely and keep the NYSAVA membership informed on our grassroots efforts to oppose it, as well as work closely with our beverage industry coalition partners on this important issue. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheree Edwards, NAMA Legislative Director at sedwards@vending.org or Pam Gilbert, NAMA Association Services Director at pgilbert@vending.org.

Thank you for your participation in NYSAVA and support of the industry.


http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Karim-Camara/story/60221/