Unfortunately, we must immediately discontinue our pilot eco2go reusable food container program, which was approved by our local health department and introduced to campus last fall. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring colleges and other dining operations to discontinue this program. The FDA is concerned that reusable containers may be outside of dining operations for long periods of time in an unwashed condition and may present a risk for the transmission of communicable illnesses, although there have been no such reported incidences.
We regret the need to terminate this sustainable to-go program and will certainly consider reintroducing it if the FDA changes its stance in the future. You may keep your eco2go container for personal use outside of university dining facilities.
If you have questions, please send an e-mail to Terry Halvorson, Director of Dining and Conference Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.