Group wants FDA to regulate sugar content in sodas

Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-13 18:41:38-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVR)- A consumer group says many of the sodas and other sugary drinks on the market are “unsafe for human consumption” and they’re asking the federal health experts to intervene.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted a petition Wednesday, urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the sugar in soda and soft drinks.

According to CSPI, the amount of high fructose corn syrup in soda and other sugary drinks causes obesity, diabetes, and gout.

The group claims a typical 20 ounce bottle of soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar- twice the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association.

The American Beverage Association responded to the petition requests, insisting soda companies are doing their part to fight obesity and other health concerns by adding caloric labels to packaging that help consumers with their drink choices.

The ABA also made mention of CDC statistics that show sugar intake from sodas and sweetened drinks is down 37 percent from 2000.

Click here to read more about CSPI’s petition.

Click here to read the ABA’s response.