Beverage Industry Loses Bid To Halt San Fran Soda Warning

By Suevon Lee (May 17, 2016, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to block a San Francisco ordinance requiring health warning labels for advertisements for soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, saying the city has a reasonable basis to enforce the ordinance due to its interest in public health and safety.

Trade groups representing the beverage and advertising industries had asked U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen to preliminarily enjoin the San Francisco ordinance, arguing that the mandate violates their members' free speech and unfairly singles out sugar-sweetened beverages for contributing to the obesity epidemic.

The ordinance, set to take effect on July 25, requires ads for...

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