California looking to put warning labels on sodas
Pretty soon, there is going to be a warning label on all food and drink:
"Warning: Eating 10,000 Big Macs a week is bad for you"
"Caution: Eating 50 buckets a day of KFC chicken will lead to a certain heart attack"
"Stop! Eating this pizza will give you excessive gas"
And so on.
And we'll be able to trace this avalanche of good advice from our governments to California's effort to warn us about the deadly dangers of...of...PEPSI!
California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday.
SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."
Democratic Sen. William Monning, who proposed the bill, said there is overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and those health problems, adding that the wording was developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts. The bill has the backing of the California Medical Association and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
"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, from Carmel, said in a telephone interview. "We're talking about a public health epidemic that will take more lives than gun violence."
Consumers already have a "right to know." Who took it away from them? Demonizing soft drinks is easy, and a cheap political gimmick that, as was discovered in New York city, won't do anything to keep people from imbibing whatever soft drink they want.
This maniacal drive to "warn," to "caution" to shake a disapproving finger at consumers is insane. People will be informed as much as they want to be and no number of warning labels is going to change that.
Next step: Ratchet up the taxes on soda to tobacco tax levels. More evidence that the state treats its citizens like infants who don't know how to take care of themselves.