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The City of Berkeley hereby finds and declares as follows:

A. Diets with an excess of added sugars and sodium are correlated to chronic health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.

B. Food choices are strongly affected by the environments in which they are made. The placement of unhealthy snacks near a register increases the likelihood that consumers will purchase those foods and drinks, thus undermining consumer health choices and public health initiatives.

C. It is in the interest of the health, safety, and welfare of all who live, work, and do business in the City that large stores offer healthy options and do not actively encourage the purchase of unhealthy foods.

D. This Chapter is consistent with the General Provisions of Environmental Health of the City (Berkeley Municipal Code 11.04). (Ord. 7734-NS § 1, 2020)