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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

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

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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