NYC Could Implement High Sugar Warnings At Restaurants

January 10, 2019 - 7:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A little sugar bowl could be added to chain restaurants’ menus in New York City.

A bill introduced Wednesday would mandate eateries warn customers about items that contain over 12 grams of added sugar.

City Councilman Mark Levine, who introduced the measure, says the Health Department would mandate restaurants adding a sugar icon and proper warning statements about the consequences of consuming too much sugar.

He notes that some people would be shocked to learn the amount of sugar they are actually consuming.

In fact, Levine says a fruit and maple oatmeal from McDonald’s contains 33 grams of sugar, about the same amount as a small Hawaiian pizza from Dominos.

The proposed bill would impose fines ranging from $200 to $2,500 on restaurants that fail to add warnings.

Though, some organizations feel this bill is a step too far and say menus are already too crowded and confusing because of tiny warnings.