Bloombergism is alive and well in California as another front is declared in the War on Soda. Apparently black people can’t be trusted to decide what they want to eat or drink on their own.
They must be protected from their food choices by the nanny state.
A bill introduced in the California senate would require warning labels for soda and give state bureaucrats the authority to inspect businesses to ensure compliance.
Sen. Bill Monning (D.) introduced the “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act” last week in the name of “public health,” which would prohibit selling soda or any sweetened drink with 75 calories or more without a safety warning.
“When the science is this conclusive, the State of California has a responsibility to take steps to protect consumers,” Monning said in a statement. “As with tobacco and alcohol warnings, this legislation will give Californians essential information they need to make healthier beverage choices.”
And then we can outlaw and tax soda and prevent it from being sold… because that will make everyone healthier.
The bill 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 specified safety warning.”
So it’s a war on sugar then. Let the people drink unsweetened Kale.
Vending machines would also have to display the safety warning, and require businesses to keep invoice records of all sugar-sweetened beverages “distributed, purchased, or sold,” for two years.
“The department and a local enforcement agency shall have the right to inspect, examine, and copy those records at any time during normal business hours for the purpose of ensuring compliance by distributors with the requirements of this article,” the bill said. “The refusal to allow a full inspection, examination, or copying of those records shall constitute a violation of this article.”
Failing to comply with the legislation would result in a $50 to $500 fine. If passed, the bill would go into effect July 2015.
Our police state is nothing if not magnificently petty.
Monning’s office said the bill is necessary for California’s “communities of color.”
“The health implications are felt most acutely by California’s communities of color, which are the largest consumers of these sugary drinks,” a press release said. “Unless the obesity epidemic is reversed, one in three children born after 2000—and nearly half of Latino and African American children—will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.”
Isn’t that a concern for their parents? Oh I forget, California is their parent. California Uber Alles.