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Artificial ingredients

Artificial ingredients


To help occupants avoid artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives in food.

If a project does not sell or provide food and beverages on a daily basis, it is considered in compliance with the Nourishment precondition features 38-40 (and 43-44 when designated as preconditions) and is considered not having achieved optimization features 47-49 (and 43-44 when designated as optimizations). Note that all Nourishment optimizations will still appear on the project scorecard and contribute to the denominator when calculating scoring.

Yes. Food is considered to be provided on a daily basis if it is available to occupants each day. This is irrespective of the frequency of delivery.

Yes, all foods and beverages that are sold and provided must comply with the requirements. This includes packaged and prepared items, as well as all items in vending machines.

Food prepared or packaged on-site can utilize menu boards and signage at the point of decision to convey the food nutrition and allergy information criteria. Food packaged onsite can also decide to add this information to the packing instead.

To meet the WELL Building Standard requirements, meals prepared on site must include nutritional information. This may require a project to test meals for nutritional information or calculate the expected nutritional information based on the ingredients used. Labeling should be clearly visible to occupants.

The food labeling requirements are applicable to all projects regardless of local code, however a project may submit an Alternative Adherence Path (AAP) for review if they believe the food labeling provided by the project meets the intent of the feature. The project may need to conduct their own analysis of the food being provided to confirm nutritional information.