The UC Berkeley Food and Beverage Choices Policy (FBC) was recently updated to include dining commons. This policy aims to improve access to nutritious foods and has applied to restaurants, retail, vending, concessions, and meetings, and events since January 2019. Improving access to nutritious foods is one of the most effective environmental strategies to improve the health outcomes of the campus population.
This policy focuses on making the healthy choice the easy choice, rather than taking choices away. During normal operations (not during limited service as it is now), dining commons will be required to offer:
- Cooked vegetables
- Whole grains
- Plant-based proteins such as beans or tofu
- Lean proteins such as skinless chicken or fish
- Options lower in salt and sugar
- Small portions of baked goods
- No more than 2 deep-fried options per meal
- Water, including sparkling and infused
- Nutrition facts and ingredients lists
Although it is not yet required, most of these standards are already being met. Promotional materials will be posted on the Cal Dining website and in dining commons. For more information, visit the Food and Beverage Choices Policy webpage or read the full policy.