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Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance Takes Effect

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has passed a tax on beverages with sugar and artificial sweeteners. The tax is 1 cent-per-ounce on beverages with sugar and artificial sweeteners and went into effect August 2, 2017. There is no exemption from this tax.

The sweetened beverage tax is paid for by the purchaser of the beverage. Departments and schools purchasing sugar and artificially sweetened beverages must pay the additional tax at the point of purchase or when invoiced, as Northwestern is not exempt. The tax is added to sweetened beverages wherever they are sold, including all vending machines, food service locations, and catalogs in iBuyNU. To learn more about the new tax, please visit the Cook County Illinois website.

Canteen Offers Balanced Choices

Canteen offers a broad range of snack and fresh food choices, including more healthy alternatives. Look for the "Balanced Choices" sticker next to the snacks in the green holders. All Balanced Choices snacks have fewer than 250 calories and 350 mg sodium. Candy is not part of the Balanced Choices program.

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