Food allergies can be severe and result in anaphylactic shock. In fact, over the past few years, there have been multiple cases of individuals dying after eating out at a restaurant, despite being assured that the food they ordered would not be prepared with the allergy-triggering substance. Whether it is an allergy to peanuts or shellfish, food allergies must be taken seriously. At least one state is doing just that.
In a historic move, the Maryland legislature has been considering a new law which would require restaurants to post information about food allergy risks. House Bill 9 has passed almost unanimously in both the House and Senate third readings. The bill is expected to be presented to the governor and may become law within weeks after the end of the legislative session.
The new law would require restaurants to display a poster in the server/staff area. The poster would discuss food allergies and include information about the risk of food allergy reactions. The law would also require food menus to include a notice to customers that the customer should inform the server of any food allergies.
To facilitate the creation of the poster, the law calls for a special task force which will study food allergy awareness, food allergy training, food safety training, food-borne illness, and inspection procedures pertaining to restaurants. The task force would seek to improve upon restaurant procedures with the goal of educating restaurant employees about the dangers of food allergies and cross contamination.
Under the law, all restaurants would be required to display a poster by March 1, 2014.
If you or a loved one suffered serious illness as a result of ingesting or coming into contact with an allergy-triggering food/substance, feel free to contact our food allergy lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation. 877.944.8396. Our law firm has the experience and resources to handle food allergy cases against food manufacturers, restaurants, and more.
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