Want a ketchup packet at a restaurant?

New California law means you’ll have to ask for it

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Oct. 5 signed a law prohibiting restaurants from giving out single-use packages, including ketchup packets, unless customers ask for them. Cristina Fletes-Boutte Tribune

You’ll have to ask for that ketchup packet now.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill into law prohibiting restaurants and other food facilities from providing single-use foodware accessories or condiments — such as forks or soy sauce packets — unless they are specifically requested by the customer.

The bill, Assembly Bill 1276 authored by Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, prohibits single-use items from being bundled or packaged in a way that prevents the customer from taking only the item desired.

The bill also requires third-party food delivery platforms, such as DoorDash, to list the availability of single-use items and only provide those items when requested.

Exempted from the law are correctional institutions, health care and residential care facilities and school cafeterias.

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