TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-20.12
Food Allergy Awareness in Food-Service Establishments

SECTION 23-20.12-2


§ 23-20.12-2 Department of Health – Establishment of Food Allergy Awareness Program.

The director of health shall establish a food allergy awareness program which shall require that every food-service establishment shall: (1) Have prominently displayed a poster approved by the director relative to food allergy awareness in the staff area. The poster shall provide, but not be limited to, information regarding the risk of an allergic reaction and shall be developed by the department of health in consultation with the Rhode Island hospitality association, the food allergy and anaphylaxis-network and at least one representative from a quick service restaurant; (2) Include on all menus a notice to customers of the customer's obligation to inform the server about any food allergies. The director shall develop and approve the language of the notice in consultation with the Rhode Island hospitality association, the food allergy and anaphylaxis-network and at least one representative from a quick service restaurant; and (3) Designate a manager who shall be knowledgeable with regard to the relevant issues concerning food allergies as they relate to food preparation. The director shall prepare and provide both written and video materials for mandatory review by persons designated as managers of any food-service establishment, or the persons designated as managers shall be certified by a food protection manager certification program that is evaluated and listed by a conference for food protection-recognized accrediting agency as conforming to the conference for food protection standards for accreditation of food protection manager certification programs. The department of health shall include knowledge of food allergy issues as part of the certification procedure for managers in food safety pursuant to chapter 21-27 of the Rhode Island general laws.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2012, ch. 408, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 414, § 1.)