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Policy Summary

Provides nutrition standards for packaged food and beverages served at youth-oriented County programs, and sold through vending machines on County property. (to be applied to 75% of packaged food and beverages offered in vending machines on County property).

Background Information

State Maryland
Jurisdiction Name Howard County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Limited scope
Applies only to County youth programs and vending machines on County property.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Policy applies to youth-oriented county programs (§ 12.1802).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Policy applies to youth-oriented county programs (§ 12.1802).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 12.1800.

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

Partially addresses implementation--addresses product placement in vending machines (§12.1804); and addresses food and beverage contracts and situations where County property is leased to a private entity (see § 12.1805).

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Non-compliance will be addressed through on-going training and support to vendors; continued non-compliance may result in termination of the contract. § 12.1807(c).

Evaluation component?
Yes

"The Department of County Administration shall review the Howard County healthy food and beverage standards and submit a biennial report (from the date of implementation) to the County Executive, the County Council and the County Board of Health. The biennial report shall review the Howard County healthy food and beverage standards and make recommendations on the best practice nutrition standards for packaged food and beverages offered for sale in vending machines on County property or served or sold as part of youth-oriented County government programs." § 12.1806(a),(b).

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Title 12 (Health and Social Services), Subtitle 18 (Healthy Food and Beverages - County Property). Ordinances: C.B. 17, 2015, § 1.