|Sugary Drinks: Local | State||Physical Education|
On March 10, 2015, three San Francisco Supervisors introduced legislation to:
- Require warning labels on advertisements for sugary drinks
- Prohibit advertising of sugary drinks on city property
- Restrict use of City funds to purchase and sell sugary drinks
All three pieces of legislation were signed by Mayor Ed Lee into law on June 25, 2015!
A “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB)” is any nonalcoholic beverage sold for human consumption that has one or more added caloric sweeteners and contains more than 25 calories per 12 ounces including but not limited to soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened teas, flavored waters, frozen beverages, sweetened coffee beverages, and juices that are not 100% juice. Click here for a list of SSB.
Status: Shortly after Mayor Ed Lee signed this legislation into law, the American Beverage Association (ABA), the California Retailers Association, and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association sued the City and County of San Francisco to stop the implementation of the law. In addition, on January 12, 2016 the ABA et al filed a motion for a temporary injunction to block the implementation of the law planned for July 2016. Public documents associated with the lawsuit can be found here.
This ordinance amends the Health Code by adding Article 42 (Sugar-Sweetened Beverages), Division 1 (Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Ordinance) which requires an “Advertiser” who posts, or causes to be posted in San Francisco an advertisement that identify, promote, or market sugar-sweetened beverages for sale or use to include on the advertisement the following warning: “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” The term “sugar-sweetened beverage” includes, with some specific exceptions, non-alcoholic beverages that have one or more caloric sweeteners and contains more than 25 calories per 12 ounces of beverage. The warning must occupy at least 20% of the area of the advertisement. The purpose of the warning is to inform the public of health impacts before purchases are made, thereby assisting the public to make a more informed choice about the consumption of the advertised beverage. Read more.
Status: Due to recent legal considerations, the City and County of San Francisco decided not to enforce this law.
Existing law prohibits advertising cigarettes or tobacco products or alcoholic beverages on property owned by or under the control of the City and requires all leases, permits or agreements awarded by the City that allow any person to use City property to specifically provide that there shall be no advertising of cigarettes or tobacco products or alcoholic beverages on such property, subject in each case to certain limited exceptions for alcoholic beverage advertising. The proposed legislation would include a prohibition against advertising Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on property owned by or under the control of the City.
File #150243: Barring City Departments from Purchasing and City Contractors from Selling or Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Status: The law is currently being implemented.
The proposal is an ordinance that would amend the Administrative Code. Starting July 1, 2015, no City department would be allowed to use City funds to purchase Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, as defined in the ordinance. And no contractor or grantee would be allowed to sell or provide Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, in any form, as part of its performance of a City food services contract, defined as an agreement funded by the City to sell, provide or otherwise distribute meals, snacks, or beverages for immediate consumption. Read more.
SF General Hospital Goes “Soda Free” All Year Round
In 2008, Shape Up San Francisco led the Bay Area’s first-ever regional “Soda Free Summer” campaign encouraging individuals, youth organizations, City departments, and all residents to try going “Soda Free” for the summer months. The movement today has grown tremendously with hospitals and health care providers taking a stand. Last month UCSF announced that it was phasing out sugary drinks on all it’s campuses, clinics, and hospitals. And in June, SF General Hospital dumped sugary drinks! Christina Goette, Director of Shape Up San Francisco (which leads Open Truth) was thrilled to be at the SF General Hospital Summer Fest where it was announced that sugary drinks would no longer be available in vending machines, in the cafeteria, from food vendors, or served to patients. As SFGH CEO Sue Currin said at the event, “We are making it easier for people on campus to make better choices about what to drink.” We applaud their efforts to go “Soda Free” all year round!
UCSF dumps sugary drinks!
UCSF announced that beginning July 1, 2015 they only sell zero-calorie drinks or non-sweetened drinks with nutritional value such as milk and 100% juice at all their onsite eateries, including cafeterias, vending machines, and retail locations. According to their website, they are implementing this policy change instead of just focusing on education because “Most people know that they shouldn’t consume a lot of sugary drinks but, when they are readily available and habit-forming, they can be very difficult to resist. We know from research that health education alone—in the absence of environmental change—does not produce lasting changes in health behaviors.” We couldn’t agree more, and would like to congratulate UCSF for making this bold an important step towards creating a healthier San Francisco! For more info, check out their website.
Co-Sponsors: Chiu and Woods
Existing law provides for various programs that prevent disease and promote health. This bill, subject to specified exemptions, would impose a fee on every distributor, as defined, for the privilege of distributing concentrate in this state, either as concentrate or as sweetened-beverages derived from that concentrate, at the rate of $.02 per fluid ounce to be produced from the concentrate. The Board of Equalization would be responsible for administering and collecting the fee and registering the distributors upon whom the fee is imposed. These amounts would be deposited into the Healthy California Fund, created by the bill. Read the bill or more information on the Coalition for a Healthy California.
Co-Sponsors: California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), Health Officers Association of California (HOAC), California Black Health Network (CBHN), Latino Health Access (LHA)
Would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, which would prohibit a person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale a sugar-sweetened beverage in a sealed beverage container, or a multipack of sugar-sweetened beverages, in this state unless the beverage container or multipack bears a safety warning, as prescribed. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
UPDATE – April 29, 2015 – SB 203 did not make it out of the California Senate Health Committee. With only four out of nine senators on the committee voting in favor of the bill, SB 203 is now dead.
Sponsor: Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)
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