Restaurants in the state of Massachusetts are on the way to becoming more allergy friendly.
A bill that requires training on food-allergy issues for restaurant staff and the placement of a tag line on all menus advising diners to notify wait staff of any allergy concerns is under review in Massachusetts.
The bill would also establish a program allowing restaurants to be certified as “food allergy friendly” if the establishment meets the strict requirements set forth by the law, including listing of all ingredients used in the restaurant on the menu. The bill, sponsored by state Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), has already passed in the Massachusetts state Senate and is under review in the state House of Representatives.
A similar law has already been established in New Jersey.
On the national level, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) hosted a hearing entitled “Addressing the Challenge of Children with Food Allergies” on May 14. The purpose of which was to raise awareness to the need for increased funding of allergy research and training.
For more information and to listen to the testimonies that occurred at the hearing, visit Allergy Moms.
I hope, as I’m sure you do, that this legislation keeps on coming!