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Food Allergy Initiative to Partner With NYC Department of Health on Educational Poster for Restaurants Citywide
Date:3/18/2009

New York City-based nonprofit commends City Council for passage of life-saving legislation

NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies, will collaborate with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to create an educational poster aimed at raising food allergy awareness among restaurant workers. In addition to working with DOHMH to develop the concept, FAI, which is headquartered in New York City, advocated for legislation to require that the poster be displayed in restaurants citywide. The bill, Int. # 818A, sponsored by Council Member Jessica Lappin (5th District-Manhattan), was signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on March 18, 2009.

Food allergies affect more than 12 million Americans, including approximately 300,000 New York City residents. For many, ingesting even a minuscule amount of the wrong food can lead to anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly reaction.

A survey of 100 restaurant managers, chefs and servers, conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, found that only 42 percent had received any food allergy training. "Many food service employees lack basic information that could literally mean the difference between life and death for someone with a food allergy," said Lappin. "This poster will be a simple, cost-effective resource that will help servers and preparers detect hidden ingredients and prevent cross-contamination -- the number one cause of food allergic-reactions in restaurants."

Restaurants would display the poster in a prominent location that is accessible to all employees that prepare or serve food. In keeping with city law, the poster will be available in Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

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