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.