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Model Legislation Requiring Safety Warning for Sugary Drinks

A policy to increase consumer awareness of sugary drinks

Model Legal Document
Food & Beverages

Public opinion polling suggests that Americans would like to know more about the foods and beverages they eat and drink.

And as more research links sugary drinks consumption to obesity and chronic disease, communities are increasingly considering policy solutions to curb consumption. Requiring a safety warning on sugary drink containers and packaging is one way to educate consumers about the health risks of consuming sugary drinks and help them make informed choices.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this model legislation for states that want to implement a policy requiring a safety warning on sugary drink containers and packaging. This resource is intended for use by states seeking to increase consumer awareness.

It also includes model findings, which are an accompanying set of evidence-backed facts that support the legislation. For updated findings, see our guide, A Legal and Practical Guide for Designing Sugary Drink Taxes, for local officials and advocates who are interested in pursuing sugary drink taxes.