Berkeley, First City to Ban Junk Food at Checkout

Residents in Berkeley, California are going to see a big change when they go grocery shopping next year.

Beginning in March 2021, candy, chips, soda and other junk food items will not be available for purchase at store checkouts. The Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance on Sept. 22 that will ban these products from the aisles right by store registers.

Often referred to as impulse buys, the snacks and treats will be replaced with healthier options in retailers that occupy spaces that are each larger than 2,500 square feet. This applies to grocery stores like Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Monterey Market and the popular Berkeley Bowl.

Candies with added sugars and high sodium counts will soon not be displayed at grocery store checkouts in Berkeley, California.

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