California Bill to Place Warning Labels on Soda, Other Sweet Drinks Will Not Move Forward in 2019

Bottles of soda are seen in a cooler on June 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bottles of soda are seen in a cooler on June 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A bill before the California legislature that would put warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks likely won’t move forward this year after the author announced it did not have enough votes.

State Sen. Bill Monning told lawmakers in the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday he is withdrawing his bill and will try again next year.

The bill narrowly passed the state Senate last month. It would require warning labels on drinks that contain 75 ounces or more of added sugar or sweeteners per 12 fluid ounces. The labels would warn about obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

The beverage industry strongly opposed the bill.

Efforts to tax sugary drinks and ban large soda containers have also faltered this year.

Correction: An earlier version of the headline for this story stated the incorrect year. The headline has been updated.

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