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  • NJ A3880
  • Requires restaurants to post DOH sign concerning food allergen awareness in kitchen or staff area.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health to develop, in consultation with the New Jersey Restaurant Association and in consideration of food allergy information published by the federal Food and Drug Administration, an informational sign promoting food allergen awareness. The sign is to include information about the most common food allergens, the health-related consequences of allergic reactions to food, best practices for food storage and preparation to prevent cross-contamination with food allergens, the symptoms of and appropriate responses to an allergic reaction to food, and such other information as the commissioner deems appropriate. The commissioner is to make the food allergen awareness sign available to restaurants and local boards of health, and restaurants will be required to obtain and prominently display the sign in the restaurant kitchen or another appropriate staff area no later than one month after the sign is made available or, in the case of restaurants that commence operations after the sign is made available, the restaurant is to acquire and display the sign as a condition of commencing restaurant operations. Exposure to food allergens, including milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans, can cause a range of symptoms in people with a sensitivity to the allergen, including hives, rashes, coughing, tingling or itchy sensations, digestive problems, and, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, or death. Without prompt treatment, seemingly mild symptoms can quickly worsen, potentially necessitating hospital care. It is the sponsor's belief that promoting greater awareness of the risks posed by food allergens among restaurant staff may help prevent accidental exposures to food allergens and prepare staff to respond appropriately in the event a restaurant patron exhibits the symptoms of an allergic reaction to food.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Health and Senior Services, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee  (on 6/22/2017)

Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (72-0-3)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 )
6/2/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 0 8
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1