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Policy Summary

This law prohibits food service facilities from offering children's meals that include a beverage unless the beverage is water without added sweeteners, milk or a non-dairy milk alternative, or 100% fruit juice (plain or combined with water), in a portion of no more than eight ounces.

Background Information

State Maryland
Jurisdiction Name Baltimore
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Prohibits/discourages something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

See references to "children's meals" and "consumption by children." § 6-509.

Health-related goal?

This section is located in the City's Health Code. Baltimore, Md., Health Code.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 6-509(a).

Addresses implementation?

General provisions for the larger title indicate that the Commissioner of Health is responsible for regulating and licensing food service facilities, but specific implementation details for section 6-102 are not provided. § 6-102.

Enforcement provisions?

"Any person who violates any provision of this title or of a rule or regulation adopted under this title is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to the penalties specified in this section." The "basic penalty" is $1,000. "Except as specified in subsection (c) of this section, the penalty for a violation is a fine of not more than $1,000 for each offense." §6-802.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This section is located in Title 6- Food Service Facilities; Subtitle 5- Miscellaneous Regulations. History: Ord. 18-126.