According to press reports, New York Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Brooklyn) announced this week that he intends to propose legislation requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to carry labels cautioning that their consumption contributes to “obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.” He introduced a similar bill (A10172) in August 2014, but no action was apparently taken on that initiative.

“We can’t sit back and pretend that sugary drinks aren’t harmful to people,” Camara was quoted as saying. “The research is clear—too much sugar leads to health problems such as obesity and diabetes.”

A California Assembly committee defeated like-minded legislation earlier in 2014. More details about that proposal appear in Issue 527 of this Update. See The New York Post, November 13, 2014.