New California Law to Impact Restaurant Ordering

Last week California passed a new law that will impact the way fast food restaurants serve orders.  Starting next year, customers won’t automatically be given multiple condiments packets or disposable silverware.  Beginning on June 1, 2022, Assembly Bill 1276 will prohibit servers from including single-use food ware accessories and standard condiments in a customer’s order unless those items are specifically requested. This applies to condiment packets such as mustard and ketchup and to sweetener packets as well as coffee stirrers. Napkins are not part of the ban.  The new law doesn’t prohibit self-serving condiment stations and encourages bulk dispensers for condiments.  This law is part of California’s attempt to reduce wastefulness in the restaurant industry and promote sustainability within the state.

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Posted on 12 October 2021