June 20, 2018

California Kids To Only Get Water, Milk With Meals

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

A new bill heading to California’s capitol would give kids two drink options with meals in restaurants: water and milk. 

The bill, SB-1192 Children’s meals, would allow restaurants to offer soda, juice or chocolate milk upon request, but would prohibit those beverages from being advertised with kids meals or offered as the default option, according to

The organization says that if the bill passes, cashiers at McDonald’s, for example, would ask customers who order kids meals if they would like water, milk or a non-dairy milk substitute. 

The bill is authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and co-sponsored by the American Heart and Stroke Association, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, MomsRising, Public Health Advocates and YMCA. California would be the first state in the country to have a law like this. 

“It’s a thoughtful approach to giving families choice, making sure the choice is a healthful one but not taking away the right if they want to order the sugar-sweetened beverage,” Sen. Monning said.

According to California newspaper, The Mercury News, the California Restaurant Association has not taken a position on the bill, and the American Beverage Association is neutral.