California: A city bans snacks at supermarket checkouts

A California city has become the first to ban “snacks” and junk food from supermarket checkouts. The ordinance to ban ‘...

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  • A California city has become the first to ban “snacks” and junk food from supermarket checkouts.
  • The ordinance to ban ‘snacks’ at the cash registers seeks to promote good nutrition in this California city.
  • Authorities announce when they will stop selling the ‘snacks’ in the cash registers of supermarkets in this city of California.

Although it may seem unreal, a city in California says goodbye to the sweets or ‘snacks’ in the supermarket checkouts.

The newspaper New York Post reported this Friday that starting in March 2021, Berkeley, California, will become the first city in the United States to ban the sale of unhealthy food in the checkout areas of supermarkets.

According to the aforementioned media, that liberal Bay Area city council voted unanimously Tuesday night that, starting next year, grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet should sell not the typical junk food selection or ‘ junk food ‘, but 25 square feet of healthy items within a three foot radius of the cashier area.

The “healthy checkout” ordinance defines healthy as items that contain five or fewer grams of added sugar and less than 250 milligrams of sodium per serving, he detailed. ABC 7.

On this decision, Councilor Kate Harrison said: “We are not saying that you cannot have these products. We just say that they will not be at eye level with your children when they enter the store and you are waiting in that long line to pay. ”

He added: “We know that people who consume a lot of products high in sugar and salt have worse health outcomes, and this particularly affects low-income communities and people of color.”

The councilor emphasized that the decision is not intended to be a punishment or a war against sweets, but rather an action that serves to discourage bad eating habits.

“It is not a prohibition; it’s a push, ”Harrison told CNN.

“Placing unhealthy ‘snacks’ near a cash register increases the likelihood that customers will buy these foods and beverages when willpower is weak at the end of a long shopping trip,” he explained.

The New York Post indicated that the initiative aims to help parents change the concept of ‘snack’ or snack of their children.

“The idea of ​​a healthy cash register is that it gives parents more opportunities to say yes to their children and it also helps us re-imagine what treats are,” Harrison said, according to the New York Post review.

In turn, he mentioned that “unhealthy products” seek to create “brand recognition and make our families addicted.”

The snack decision will affect at least 25 Berkeley supermarkets, including Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens and Safeway, the New York Post reported.

According to the New York newspaper, Berkeley has long been known for using ordinances to promote better social behavior.

In 2014, Berkeley became the first American city to pass a soda tax, and last year, in an effort to eliminate gender language, they stopped using the word “manhole” (manhole), he recalled the New York Post.

California: Immigrant is turned over to ICE after fighting fires as inmate

A 41-year-old immigrant, who fought California wildfires while serving time in a California jail, was delivered to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when the date of his release arrived.

A report by The Guardian revealed the story of Kao Saelee, an immigrant born in Laos, an Asian country from which his family fled when he was just 2 years old.

Saelee told the reviewed outlet that on August 6 his sister was waiting for him outside the prison to pick him up since his release was scheduled that day, however, the guards did not allow him to see his family and handed him over to immigration agents. .

A private security contractor shackled his hands, waist, and legs, put him in a van, and drove off.

Saelee was taken into ICE custody and was later transferred to a detention center in Louisiana.

“I paid my debt to society and I think I should have the opportunity to be with my family,” Saelee told The Guardian in a recent call from the Pine Prairie Ice jail.

“What is the point of sending someone back to a country where they have no family? I would go crazy with fear, “said the immigrant.

Saelee was serving a 22-year sentence for a robbery case as a teenager and had served the state of California as a firefighter while in prison.

The immigrant helped fight the 2018 and 2019 wildfires.

Kao Saelee had simple plans for her first days of freedom: swimming in a lake and having a barbecue with her family.

According to the immigrant, when he arrived in the United States, he found it difficult to fit in with his white peers because they frequently harassed him.

“His story is similar to that of many young refugees from Southeast Asia who were resettled in California neighborhoods that had really high rates of violence, poverty and incarceration,” said Anoop Prasad, staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), who represents Saelee.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) partnered with ICE last month to make sure immigration officials could take care of people like Saelee from being released.

This year, the state sent hundreds of people to ICE at the end of their prison sentences.

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