The American Beverage Association has attacked calls for warning labels on soft drinks in the US. The lobbying organisation Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday (14 July) asking for a series of rotating health notices on containers of all non-diet soft drinks - carbonated and non-carbonated - containing more than 13 grams of refined sugars per 12 ounces.

"To ask the FDA for warning labels on sodas or any food products that contain sugar is truly an over the top proposal," Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association said yesterday.

"Where would such a food hitlist stop? Candy, cookies, ice cream and even skimmed milk and 100% orange juice? All of these items along with thousands of other food products could be subject to CSPI's labelling scheme."

The CSPI recommends introducing labelling on the back of claims that teenagers in the US are drinking more high-calorie soft drinks than ever before. The amount of diet soda drinks consumed by teenagers in the US is on the wane, the Center added.