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Maryland is Latest to Mull Food-Allergy Rules


People with food allergies can now claim discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as this blogger reported in the March issue of Franchise Times. Now, Cheng Cohen law firm says states are getting into the act, considering regulations around the issue, aimed at restaurants.

A bill is making its way through the Maryland legislature that, if passed, would require food establishments in the state to comply with certain requirements pertaining to food allergies, reports the Cheng Cohen Alert.

Food purveyors would be required to include on menus a notice to customers to “inform the server of any food allergies,” display a poster in the staff area relating to food allergy awareness, and designate a “person in charge” who is present at and responsible for the operation of the food establishment.

The bill is modeled after a similar Massachusetts law, Cheng Cohen says—and restaurant operators can expect more states to follow. As Wing Lam, founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco told Franchise Times, such regulations pile more headaches on the already heaping plate of restaurant operators.

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