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17 January 2009

Massachusetts Governor Signs Food Allergies/Restaurant Bill

I just noticed online in the Beacon Hill Roll Call for January 12 - 16 on the Pembroke Express website that Governor Deval Patrick just signed bill S2701. Here is the summary:

"• FOOD ALLERGIES AND RESTAURANTS (S 2701) — Requires all restaurants to prominently display a poster about food allergy awareness in the staff area and to include on all menus a notice of the customer’s obligation to inform the server about any food allergies. Another provision requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop a voluntary program that allows restaurants to be designated as "Food Allergy Friendly" by the DPH and be listed on the agency's website. The guidelines that restaurants would have to meet for the designation would be developed by the DPH and would include a requirement that a restaurant maintain on the premises a master list of all the ingredients used in the preparation of each food item on the menu."


Jenny said...

Woohoo! That's great news. Now if only we in Illinois had an actual governor right now (ironically Blago's daughter has nut and dairy allergies) we could have this too.

It's a great start!

WorkingMom said...

Thank Ming Tsai at Blue Ginger and State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem for this one, folks! Ming's son has food allergies, so Ming's in our boat! He's been working on this for years, and has a great system in his restaurant for anyone with a food allergy.

Unknown said...

Yes, we're very lucky to have Ming in Massachusetts.