City, health officials back warning labels on sugary drinks
During a state Assembly hearing in Manhattan on Monday, city officials and medical experts expressed their support for legislation that would require any drink that contains added sugar and is sold in New York State to come with a label warning of the potential health risks, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
“I would like to think that a warning label is education, informing people,” said Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, who introduced the bill in January.
During the joint hearing of the Assembly’s health committee and consumer affairs and protection committee, officials from the city’s consumer affairs and health departments, along with medical experts from New York University’s medical school and the American Diabetes Association, testified in support of the legislation.
“A warning label offers an opportunity to provide consumers with important information at the point of purchase,” said Christine Johnson, assistant commissioner for the city health department’s Bureau of Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control.
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Credit: Capital New York
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