Food Allergy Bill Moves, Now With Local Option

Food allergy sufferers rejoice! A bill that would require restaurants to request customers inform them of food allergies, either through a posting on their menu or menu board or through a verbal request by the employee taking the order, was voted favorably out of the Senate.

SB 409 was amended to authorize rather than mandate a county to require a restaurant to have on premises at all times an employee who has completed and passed a food allergy awareness course and accreditation test and is available to discuss meal options with customers with allergies.

The bill is scheduled to be heard March 25 in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

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