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Sarah R. Bratko, Esq.
Manager of Governmental Affairs
401-223-1120, ext. 115
The majority of food recalls are due to undeclared allergens in food. In January 2013, Rhode Island passed an Allergy Awareness Law (RI Code 23-20.12-2) requiring restaurants to have:
- a food allergen advisory on menus;
- a food allergen information poster in the kitchen; and
- a trained member of the
staff who can answer customers' questions about food allergens and oversee
food-allergen risk controls during food preparation.
A recent informal, observational study of 50 food establishments in the state identified the following:
- Only six of the establishments met all three conditions of the law.
- Allergy warnings on menus appeared in 46% of the establishments.
- Thirty five of the food establishments did not have the food allergen instruction poster displayed for kitchen staff. Only 44% of the establishments had a designated person for food allergy questions.