A warning label that suggests beverages are a unique driver of serious health conditions such as diabetes and obesity is inaccurate and misleading. Consumers want factual information to help make informed choices that are right for them, and beverage companies already provide clear calorie labels on the front of our products.
The Washington Beverage Association actively opposes H.B. 2798 as it unfairly singles out our industry by placing warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages and it places a tremendous burden on businesses in Washington that exists nowhere else in the country. Our members are meeting with their local legislators and working to ensure a better understanding by our representatives in Olympia about why H.B. 2798 is bad for Washington state.
The beverage industry is partnering with groups such as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices and adopt a balanced lifestyle.
We’ve included links below to just some of the materials our members are sharing.