Legislation Requiring Healthful Default Beverages in Children’s Meals Signed by Governor

September 18, 2018
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced that Senate Bill (SB) 1192 has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  
SB 1192 requires a restaurant, which serves a meal primarily targeted and marketed to children, to make the default drink option served in bundled meals a healthful beverage - water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sweeteners, or milk.
“I am extremely pleased that Governor Brown has signed SB 1192, as our state is in the midst of a public health crisis where rates of preventable health conditions like obesity and Type-2 Diabetes are skyrocketing, due in large part to increased consumption of sugary beverages,” Monning said.  “This bill is an important part of a statewide public health strategy that will better inform consumers about the unique impacts that sugary beverages have on their health and that of their families.” 
Numerous cities and counties throughout the state have already implemented a healthful default beverage ordinance, and many restaurants and quick-service food establishments have already voluntarily taken steps to provide healthier drink options in their children’s meals.  
Senator Monning added, “SB 1192 follows the lead of our local communities and the restaurant industry, and implements a statewide healthful default beverage policy in California, while still maintaining consumer choice.”
A statewide policy on healthful default beverage options will have a direct impact on families making healthier and more nutritious choices when they choose to eat outside of the home.  Customers can still explicitly ask to replace the healthful drink with a sugary beverage at no additional cost, but the default beverage offered in a children’s meal must be a healthful option.
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