A look into how the laws will affect what you eat in 2019
by Alexander Quebec
It’s that time again, the New Year brings commitments and resolutions we will break within the first few hours of the first day. Whether you plan on eating less junk food, quit smoking or saving more money, I’m sure you have something in mind you’re gonna break in a few hours (and if you don’t, good for you!)
With the new year, however, comes a new set of laws that will hit the books come January 1st. There’s quite a bit of food related ones this year, so let us be the first to ring in the New Year with New Food Laws!
The Last Straw
(AB 1884) Backed by the voters and a social media push on the environmental impacts of plastic waste in our Oceans, Businesses will no longer be able to pass out single use straws to customers unless requested by the customer first. Non-compliance will result in a $25 a day charge, up to $300 a year.
(SB 1192) In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, restaurants serving kids menus will no longer be able to offer sugary beverages in conjunction with the meals. Water, Milk or flavored water without artificial sweeteners will be allowed instead, although sugary drinks can be sold upon request.
Eat off the sidewalk
(SB 946) Food vendors will be able to set up on sidewalks without the city and county harassing them; however, the localities do have the choice to set up a permit system for street vendors to sell food. Vendors who violate the laws can be fined, but cannot be charged with a crime.
(SB 1164) Craft breweries, who were only allowed to sell their product after customers signed up for tastings and tours, can now sell whiskey, vodka and other liquors directly to consumers.
(SB 1168) Under this new law, Healthcare facilities and prisons must now offer a plant-based menu option to patients and inmates respectively.
Home cooked meals
(AB 626) If you are a legit cook and have thought about cooking for a little extra cash, you’re in luck. This law allows you to cook in your own home and serve directly to customers as long as it’s not part of a delivery service. You must still undergo regular inspections and permits in your locality, however.
Businesses, including select food places, will see an increase in the minimum wage this year: $11 dollars/hr for those in a business of 25 or less employees and $12/hr for those working in in a business with 26+ employees.
H/T ABC 7 News