Packaging and Labeling Rules Relaxed for Local Restaurants

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order allowing Arizona restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items not normally packaged and labeled for resale. Governor Ducey’s order comes in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to provide temporary flexibility for nutrition labeling of packaged food.

“Even with dine-in and carry-out options still available to patrons, many Arizona restaurants are struggling due to COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s Executive Order provides flexibility for restaurant owners to safely sell prepared and bulk foods or supplies they have on hand and can’t use right now. We are proud to support Arizona restaurants with this reform.”

The Executive Order will be in effect until further notice. Under the order:

Restaurants currently licensed or permitted to serve prepared food may sell grocery items including, but not limited to, paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables whether or not those items are normally packaged for resale or are raw provided that certain provisions are followed.

This order does not permit a restaurant that does not hold a current license from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control to sell alcoholic beverages.

View the Executive Order HERE.

Governor Ducey also provided assistance to restaurants and bars on March 31, 2020 by deferring the payment of all liquor licenses fees to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for 90 Days. More information on that action is available HERE.

Additionally, Governor Ducey yesterday signed an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19. View that Executive Order HERE.

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