Nassau implements stricter guidelines to protect food allergy sufferers

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Eating out just got a little safer for those with severe food allergies. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran signed into law the Food and Allergy Restaurant Safety Ordinance.

The ordinance requires at least two employees at all food service establishments in the county to receive training on how to prevent cross contamination and how to respond to allergic reactions. It also calls for restaurants to post allergy awareness signs in dining areas and cooking areas. The signs must identify the number of employees that have completed food allergen training and provide directions for the response to be taken if a customer experiences an allergic reaction.

Russ Lundstrum, the owner of the Coach Grill and Tavern in Oyster Bay, says he wants his entire staff to receive food allergen training.

"As a restaurant or any type of business, you want some type of education to help you," says Lundstrum. "Right now, there is nothing for us to learn to better serve our customers with allergies. Thankful that this law is passed."

Food allergy sufferers say the new law will mean the difference between surviving a meal and enjoying one.

The county says if a restaurant does not comply with the new law, it could face a fine of $50 to $500.

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