"The goal of the warning quite simply is to give consumers the right to know what are well-established medical impacts from consuming these beverages," Monning, from Carmel, said in a telephone interview. "We're talking about a public health epidemic that will take more lives than gun violence."
"It is not the responsibility of industry to protect the public health. It is the responsibility of government," he said, noting that consumers could still choose to drink the beverages. "We believe it's an appropriate role for government to play."