NY Lawmakers Want Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks
New York lawmakers want to put health labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay .
State Assemblyman Karim Camara's announced legislation that would require manufacturers to put warning labels on sugary beverages sold in New York.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects 40% of children born between 2000 and 2011 will develop type-II diabetes in their lifetime. And Camara says research indicates sugary drinks are primary contributors to the disease.
"We consider this an education campaign," he said. "There's not a tax in this bill, there's not a ban. But we're saying, 'Let the public know there are dangers.'"
Camara says the drink labels would warn consumers about risks for diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.
Christopher Gindelesperger with the American Beverage Association says he doesn't think the labels will change behavior.