The city of Berkeley, California, passed a groundbreaking ordinance this month that will ban junk food from being displayed in the checkout aisles of large supermarkets. This part of the grocery store is notoriously difficult for people to navigate, whether they’re tired parents with demanding children, or adults trying to reduce their exposure to tempting sugary and salty treats. But starting in March 2021, checkout aisles in Berkeley will no longer feel like a battle zone.
The ordinance will apply to stores larger than 2,500 square feet and includes major chains like Trader Joe’s and Safeway. All foods displayed in the checkout aisle must have no more than 250 milligrams of sodium per serving or 5 grams of added sugars. Beverages can have no added sugars. This means that the slew of gum, chocolate, candy, and chips that currently occupies the checkout aisle will shift to include more nuts, fruit,