Food Allergy Awareness Bill May Reappear in 2015

Date: November 10, 2014

NFIB was
the only organization to oppose SB
409 – the Food Allergy Awareness bill
which was considered by the Health
& Government Operations Committee
during the 2014 session. This legislation is expected to be reintroduced during the 2015 session.

This legislation would require two
things of all restaurants:

  1. Restaurants
    have to ask patrons to alert servers of any food allergies prior to ordering.
  2. Restaurants must have
    staff on premises at all times that have completed and passed allergy
    certification training, to be available to discuss meal options with customers.

First time
violations include a misdemeanor and on conviction subject to fines up  to
$1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Second violations maximum penalty is a $2,500
fine and/or one year imprisonment. Additional violations are subject to civil
penalties of up to $5,000.

The Bill
applies to the eight major food allergies: cow’s milk, egg, peanut, fish,
shellfish, soy, wheat and tree nuts (i.e., walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews).

Take Action:

  •     Become an NFIB member – NFIB was the only organization that opposed this bill
  •     If this legislation would impact your business, please share your story with NFIB by      contacting Member Support Manager, Miranda Bond at [email protected] or call (866) 247-9103.

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