I always find warning labels on consumer products assuming, ‘NOT TO BE TAKEN BY PEOPLE BELOW 18‘ on alcoholic drinks, or ‘SMOKING MAY CAUSE LUNG CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND EMPHYSEMA‘ or ‘SMOKING KILLS‘ all these labels are necessary and are put there to save human lives. Plus they give the manufacturers some kinds of immunity in case an addicted fellow wants to sue. One of those other addictive things we have loved to consume since time memorial is sugary water. At some point in life your body can no longer take those sugars. So how about a big warning label of ‘THIS BEVERAGE CAN CAUSE DIABETES’ or ‘BEWARE OBESITY AHEAD’ on our beloved sugary beverages?
The Proposed Bills
Cigarette companies are still in business and I don’t think this will put the soda companies at any risk either cause people tend to ignore the warning labels anyway. While we are proposing gay bills in Uganda (not that its not necessary) — in the USA — the Lawmakers in California have recently proposed a new bill that would put warnings labels on soft drinks. The state hopes, to show a connection between sugary beverages and the rampant obesity epidemic aiming to follow in the footsteps of the labels that already appear on cigarette packs.
Once the bill is passed, it would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act, in essence the beverage companies will be required to put warning labels on all drinks with 75 calories per 354.882 ml fluid without exception. And failure to comply, the company will be forced to pay a fine of between $50 and $500.
Can Uganda’s government protect it’s consumers?
The prioritization of issues in Uganda always baffles me, not that putting warning labels on soft drinks is a priority but am sure very helpful and long over due. Besides, the Government gets to have some extra income by penalizing the companies in case they default, as some of these drinks pose a health risk anyway. The government should instead focus on a healthy future for it’s citizen,by putting more preventive measures and or expose the risks of taking these beverages in excess. So next time you sipping on that soda bottle, think of the calories you are ‘suffocating’ your body with.
But at the end of the day its all about choice, despite warning labels and sensitization campaigns it always comes down to an individual.
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