Edison considers strict food allergy law

August 14, 2018 by  

Edison is proposing an ordinance that would compel food establishments throughout the jurisdiction to make changes to increase consumer safety, according to an article on NJ.com. Food allergies can be life-threatening, which makes people who have them question everything they eat, particularly when they dine out.

Sam Joshi, a councilman with Edison Township, introduced the measure recently. If enacted, the ordinance would cause a major overhaul in the food industry in the township, as it would require over 630 eateries in town, and another approximately 400 catering companies outside the Edison limits to redesign their menus, as well as labeling all the allergens found in every beverage and food item they serve.

The proposed ordinance would require “allergy friendly” menus to label those items containing the eight allergens most commonly found in food, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The eight are soybeans, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, eggs, and milk, as well as sulfites and MSG.

Joshi said:

“Food allergies have increased so dramatically in the last decade that a lot of owners or servers don’t have a clear policy on food allergies, but they need to.”

He added that servers need to know what’s in the dishes they present, and learn how to describe them clearly, since ignorance can be deadly.

The measure goes before the city council August 22.

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