City bans candy from grocery store checkout aisles, requires ‘healthy snacks’ instead
Sep 23, 2020
SFGate – The Berkeley (CA) City Council has passed an ordinance that bars grocery stores from selling candy and soda at checkout lines and instead encourages the sale of healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts and beverages with no added sugars.
The ordinance, passed unanimously Tuesday night, applies to retailers with stores greater than 2,500 square feet and will impact chains that operate in Berkeley such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s.
Proponents of the ordinance state that the rule will encourage healthier food consumption choices.
“The healthy checkout ordinance is essential for community health, especially in the time of COVID-19,” said Berkeley City Council member Kate Harrison, one of the ordinance’s co-authors.
The initiative was backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest … Read more.