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Petition To Require Health Messages on Soft Drinks Containing High-fructose Corn Syrup and other Caloric Sweeteners

Submitted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to FDA

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In a petition filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CSPI asked the agency to require 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. (The typical 12-ounce soda contains 40 grams.)

The enormous consumption of soft drinks (both carbonated and non-carbonated; 52.4 gallons per person per year) sweetened mainly with high-fructose corn syrup, though sometimes with sugar (sucrose), is a major contributor to Americans’ calorie intake and likely a significant cause of overweight and obesity.