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Food Allergy Local Law

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Effective July 18, 2018:

Food establishments covered by Suffolk County Local Law (SCLL) 4-2018 are required to post on all menus and menu boards a notice that reads “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy”.

In addition, the law requires the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to establish a voluntary program for covered food establishments to be designated as “Food Allergy Friendly”.

 


Covered Food Establishments

All food establishments as defined in Article 13, §760-1300(3)(X) of the Suffolk County Sanitary Code are required to comply with SCLL 4-2018, with the following exceptions:

  • Food service operations regulated by the Department at all primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges/universities
  • Food service operations at summer camps and child care facilities/programs
  • Institutional settings in which food is prepared for a specific population
  • Temporary food establishments operated by non-profit organizations

Notice on Menus and Menu Boards

Covered food establishments must include on all menus and menu boards, including menus published on an establishment’s website, a notice that reads “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy”. A menu is defined as a printed or pictorial display of food items and their prices that are available for sale. A menu board is defined as a list or pictorial display of food items and their prices posted within or outside a food service establishment.

There is no requirement for location, font style or point size of the menu or menu board notice.

 


For more information about joining Suffolk County's Food Allergy Friendly Program click on the link below:

Food Allergy Friendly Program

 


 


Additional Resources

FoodAllergy.org

CDC Guidelines

FDA.GOV Food Allergens

NIAID.NIH.GOV