Tag Archives: SUGAR

Court Upholds Philly Soda Tax

As previously covered on this blog, on June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia city council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  The tax – which took effect on January 1, 2017 – is levied on distributors and covers a variety of beverages, including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored … Continue Reading

More Sweetened Beverage Taxes Proposed As Voters Reject Others

As we predicted on this blog in November 2016, more jurisdictions have now followed the lead of cities like Berkeley, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland and Boulder by introducing legislation to tax sweetened beverages. However, these efforts are not always successful. On May 2, 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico voters rejected a proposed tax of two … Continue Reading

Connecticut Debates Sweetened Beverage Tax

As previously covered on this blog, a number of local jurisdictions throughout the U.S. have sought to implement a “soda tax”. (See our February 27, 2017 blog and November 15, 2016 blog.) Now Connecticut is considering taxing certain sweetened beverages. Connecticut H.B. 7314 was referred to the Joint Committee on Finance Revenue and Bonding on … Continue Reading

Bill Requiring Soda Warning Labels Introduced in California Senate Again

California State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced a bill that would require health warning labels on sugary beverages sold in California. More specifically, SB 300, referred to as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Health Warning Act, would require the following warning on certain sealed beverage containers: STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes … Continue Reading

Santa Fe Contemplates Soda Tax

As previously covered on this blog, a number of U.S. cities have implemented controversial taxes on soft drinks.  This trend appears poised to continue with an upcoming public hearing in Santa Fe, New Mexico concerning a proposed soft drink tax slated for March 8, 2017. Spearheaded by Santa Fe Mayor, Javier Gonzales, the proposed tax … Continue Reading

Five More U.S. Cities to Tax Soft Drinks

Consumers and lawmakers in five cities recently voted to join Berkeley, CA and Philadelphia in taxing soft drinks (see our June 17, 2016, blog entry for more information on Philadelphia’s tax). On Nov. 7, 2016, voters in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, CA; and in Boulder, CO passed measures to tax nonalcoholic beverages with caloric … Continue Reading

Consumers Express Greater Concern about Sugar Intake

• Attacks on excess sugar in the diet are coming from all directions. On September 1, 2016, we reported that, The American Heart Association Recommends Dramatically Reducing “Added Sugar” Intake; and, last month on this blog, we discussed the number of jurisdiction in the U.S. and abroad that have or are planning to tax sugary … Continue Reading

WHO Report Supports Effectiveness of Sugary Food and Drink Taxes

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report supports the notion that taxing sugary foods and drinks could lead to a decrease in the consumption of such products and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. A number of jurisdictions in the U.S. and abroad have implemented fiscal policy interventions – by way of taxes … Continue Reading

Soda Showdown: Beverage Industry Takes Philadelphia to Court

The American Beverage Association (ABA) is spearheading a lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s soda tax which is slated to take effect on January 1, 2017.  As previously covered on this blog, on June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia city council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  The tax, which is slated to take … Continue Reading

Sugar Shock: The American Heart Association Recommends Dramatically Reducing “Added Sugar” Intake

The American Heart Association recommends dramatically reducing “added sugar” intake among children ages 2 to 18 to promote heart health. Sugar continues to trend as a perennial hot topic in the food industry.  For example, earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report urging the food industry and global governments to take active steps … Continue Reading

Soda Speech Suit

Washington Legal Foundation files brief in support of First Amendment challenge to San Francisco soda warning. As previously covered on this blog, the City of San Francisco passed legislation that requires health warnings to be placed on advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages.  Industry and advertising trade associations filed a lawsuit challenging the legislation on First Amendment grounds.  … Continue Reading

Philly To Tax Soft Drinks

Philadelphia approves tax on soft drinks. As previously covered on this blog, stakeholders have been monitoring the degree of interest in, and the potential effectiveness of, sugar “sin taxes” here in the U.S.  In 2014, Berkeley became the first city to pass an excise tax (1 penny per ounce) on sugar-sweetened beverages. On June 16, 2016, the … Continue Reading

San Francisco Sugar Suit Shutdown

San Francisco sugar-sweetened beverage warning set to take effect in July. As previously covered on this blog, the City of San Francisco passed legislation in June 2015 that requires health warnings to be placed on advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., nonalcoholic beverages with caloric sweeteners that contain more than 25 calories per 12 oz.).  Specifically, … Continue Reading

Soda Shakedown

Sugar “sin taxes” in the spotlight. Added sugar has been in the spotlight for years, particularly with respect to its potential contribution to obesity and other non-communicable diseases.  The WHO recently issued a report urging the food industry and global governments to take active steps to curb sugar consumption among children.  The report discussed the benefits … Continue Reading

WHO Spotlight on Sugar

WHO recommends regulatory measures to slow sugar’s contribution to global childhood obesity. Since the late 1980s, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended reducing dietary intake of free sugars (i.e., those added to foods and drinks and those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates).  The WHO’s advice is based on the … Continue Reading

Sweet Deal

Sugar and corn syrup producers settle their $1.1 billion false advertising lawsuit. As recently covered on this blog, sugar and corn syrup producers have been waging a high-stakes courtroom battle centering around an allegedly false advertising campaign run by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) that promoted high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as nutritionally identical to … Continue Reading

In Search of the Sweet Truth

Sugar industry wraps up case-in-chief against corn syrup group in false advertising lawsuit. (subscription to Law360 required) For years, the sugar and corn syrup industries have been battling it out in California federal district court over allegations of false advertising.  The Western Sugar Cooperative initially filed suit in 2011, accusing the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), … Continue Reading

San Francisco Sugar Suit

Trade associations sue San Francisco over sugar-sweetened beverage legislation. In June 2015, the City and County of San Francisco passed legislation that requires health warnings to be placed on advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., nonalcoholic beverages with caloric sweeteners that contain more than 25 calories per 12 oz.).  Specifically, the warning will read:  “WARNING: Drinking beverages … Continue Reading

Sugar Addendum

FDA proposes adding the percent daily value for added sugars to the nutrition/supplement facts panel. In March 2014, FDA proposed major revisions to the nutrition and supplement facts labels for foods and dietary supplements.  Among many other changes, FDA proposed requiring the declaration of “added sugars” on the label. On July 27, 2015, FDA issued … Continue Reading

Sugar Bill D.O.A.

California soda warning legislation dies in committee. Sugar continues to be the target of public health scrutiny, particularly as excess consumption is linked to adverse health effects.  Government agencies and legislators alike have been working to take appropriate actions to incentivize moderation in sugar intake. Earlier this year, California legislators introduced a bill to require warning … Continue Reading

Sugar, Sugar

California and New York legislators consider warning labels for soda. Sugar has been in the news again recently, particularly as the federal government works to prepare the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and in light of FDA’s proposal to require a declaration of “added sugars” on the nutrition facts panel of packaged foods and beverages. At … Continue Reading

WHO: Sour on Sugar

WHO recommends reducing daily intake of free sugars to less than 5% of total energy intake. Since 1989, the World Health Organization has recommended reducing intake of free sugars (those added to foods and drinks and those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates) to less than 10% of total daily … Continue Reading
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