Certain Food Ware Products banned in Santa Rosa, California, Food Facilities

The Californian city of Santa Rosa has become the
latest jurisdiction to prohibit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in
food ware and/or food ware accessories for dine-ins, take-outs, or in retail
establishments or at city-sponsored events.

The signing of Ordinance No. ORD-2021-008 ‘Zero Waste
Food Ware Ordinance’ into law means:

  • Polystyrene foam
    (Styrofoam) can no longer be used in food service ware
  • Dine-in food
    facilities must now:

    • Use only reusable food ware and reusable food ware accessories
    • Offer condiments in a reusable dispenser or format (pre-packaged
      single-use packets are banned)
  • Food facilities must provide
    food ware accessories (items normally provided alongside prepared food) only
    upon request

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The ordinance was signed into law on August 19, 2021
and adds a new Chapter 9-30 to the City Code. The ban will come into effect on
January 1, 2022.

Definitions contained in the law include:

  • ‘Food ware’ – all
    bowls, boxes, containers, cups, lids, plates, trays and other similar items
    that are used for prepared foods
  • ‘Food ware
    accessories’ – types of item that are normally provided alongside prepared
    food, including but not limited to beverage trays, chopsticks, cocktail sticks,
    condiment containers, cup sleeves, forks, knives, napkins, plate-liners, splash
    sticks, spoons, stirrers, straws, toothpicks, tray-liners and wrappers

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Within retail settings, this ban on BPA includes
coolers, ice chests or similar containers, unless these are wholly encapsulated
or encased within a more durable material so can be reused.

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