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Groups Urge FDA to Place Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks


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Groups Urge FDA to Place Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

A number of state and municipal agencies and health groups are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put warning labels on sugary beverages to ensure consumers can make more informed decisions before drinking them.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The letter urged the FDA to put a health warning label on beverages with more than 1.1 grams per ounce of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other added high-caloric sweeteners. The group also revived a petition it had filed with the agency in 2005, according to the website Wallet Pop.

"A warning label would not solve the obesity problem, but it would be a simple, inexpensive way to remind consumers of key facts when they are considering buying a major cause of the problem," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson.

"A comprehensive effort to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks would be one of the single most important things that government could do to reduce obesity in children and adults," he added.

The letter suggested labeling such as: "The U.S. Government recommends that you drink fewer sugary drinks to prevent weight gain, tooth decay, heart disease and diabetes," "Drinking too many sugary drinks can promote diabetes and heart disease," "For better health, the U.S. Government recommends that you limit your consumption of sugary drinks" and "This drink contains 250 calories. Consider switching to water."