A new addition to the food code will give food establishments the option to use customers refillable reusable containers, but must have a plan approved by the Local Health Department to ensure food safety.

Under an approved plan, customers may refill visibly clean containers if they are:

  • Refilling non-ready-to-eat, bulk and packaged foods

  • Refilling with ready-to-eat foods if dispensed through a chute or other system that protects against contamination
  • Refilling with any food if done by the food employee using a contamination-free process

Operators who want the option to use refillables under an approved plan can submit a Refilling Consumer-owned Containers application here. Be sure to connect with your local public health department for additional guidance and resources.