A row of soft drink cans

California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a range of changes which will impact the Californian restaurant industry, including the outlawing of soft drink as a standard kids meal option.

Any beverage included in a meal marketed towards children must now be water, including sparkling or flavoured, milk or a non-dairy milk substitute. However, the option can be swapped out for a fizzy drink if the customer requests it. Diet soft drinks are also not allowed under the law.

Restaurants which do not follow the rule will be given a warning, followed by a US$250 fine for a second infraction and then a $300 fine for a third violation.