Skip to comments.Restaurants Would Have to Handle Customers with Food Allergies Under Md. Proposal
Posted on 03/22/2014 8:39:25 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A new Maryland bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers. Is the measure needed?
County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies.
A new bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers, reports WJLA TV. The bill would also require restaurants statewide to encourage customers to notify servers about their food allergies.
The Senate passed the measure 33-14 Monday evening. A similar bill is pending in a House committee.
Restaurants could post an advisory on the menu, asking customers with allergies to notify their servers. Or the server could ask before taking customers' orders, says CBS DC.
The Senate version, introduced by Sen. Jamie Raskin of Montgomery County, would not apply to service stations or vendors at carnivals and fairs.
Maryland "Freak State" PING!
I’m getting allergic to Maryland
I would like for the state of Maryland to school zipper manufacturers on how to caution men who have foreskins. Makes just as much sense.
Monty Co., called it!
This country is all getting absurd and insane.
Well, that’s gonna put countless restaurants out of business.
Delicious! The law states the restaurant must notify customers that customers must notify the restaurant of allergies.
Teaching servers that “No XYZ, I’m allergic” does not mean “extra XYZ” would be a good thing. But it should be common sense, not a government regulation.
no kidding.......and don’t for a minute think some people will dream up allergies just so they can sue restaurants....the onus will always be on the restaurant....
Why stop there? How ‘bout they take a complete medical history from each customer, check cholesterol level, blood pressure and body mass index? Then the customer could be handed a computerized Michelle Menu that that directs the idiot to a more healthy diet.
No fries for you, Bubble Butt!
That is stupid for a law. Most restaurants are so scared of lawsuits that they already make adjustments and have lists of allergens and will prepare food differently if needed. MrR has severe food allergies and when we ask about what they fry in or if they could do something because of his allergies they are more than willing to help.
Of course, they are handled by being tossed to the curb!
Nanny State PING!
Most laws having been written, I think legislatures come up with this sort of crap solely to justify their continued existence. And the sheeple buy it.
And yet, it is STILL against someones ‘civil rights’ to ask for proof of their legitimacy to vote.
MAKE everyone get a card with a chip putting all their maladies and allergies on it.
Upon entering an eating establishment, present said card to be swiped with the data going to the kitchen computer and when customer places his order the kitchen computer will reject it if appropriate. Knowing they will go overboard and reject the order if ANY chance of violating.
This will cause a delay in ordering so it will be hours before the complete order can be filled. If someone in YOUR party is allergic to peanuts NO peanut by product will be allowed at YOUR table or the tables adjoining yours as we don’t want to chance wind borne peanut flecks getting to the ‘wrong’ plate.
So, with the servers now getting 20 per hr minimum wage and it taking 3 or more hours to get served, the prices will have to be raised to accommodate the wage and dead time in restaurant. This will cause the tip to be raised to 30 or 40% so a meal out will cost as much as tickets for 5 to the Super Bowl.
Of course we could also use the ‘HEALTH CARD’ to be shown when going to vote BUT that will be deemed ‘insulting’ the voter.
And the beat goes on....and on....and on....etc etc
this state of Maryland is beyond believable..rules, laws, and crooks running the state...
Yeah. I don’t see how any restaurant (very slim profit margins already!) could possibly afford to take on this liability. I suppose they could request customers to sign a waiver when placing an order.
“Well, thats gonna put countless restaurants out of business.”
Having someone get training in food allergies will put restaurants out of business?
There are many people with food allergies. Some of these people don’t eat in restaurants now, because it’s risky. Having someone in the restaurant who can explain that the nut dishes are prepared separately, that the seafood fryolator is not he one they use for french fries, that they don’t use milk in the breading on the fish, means more customers. Being told “don’t order the cheesecake if you are allergic to chocolate” avoids trouble and builds trust (trust= repeat customers).
Having someone die (or more likely lose a week out of work) because the waitsaff didn’t understand the risk will put a restaurant out of business faster than not training staff. Bertucci’s chain had a problem when a patron (Janet Walker) asked if their pesto was made with nuts- the waitress had been told not to reveal recipes and said no- the patron died from a nut allergy. The original wrongful death suit was over 10 million, settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. A little training would have avoided that.
This will cut back on the willingness of restaurants to accommodate allergy sufferers. To be safe, they’ll just say what a lot of food packages say — that the food is prepared in the same kitchen as eggs, nuts, milk, etc. and “trace quantities may be present.” No need to have a maven present.
” the customer makes choices in food that does not have the allergens.”
Yes indeedy, and how does the customer know that the restarant puts in a dish? The waitstaff has to be informed as to whats in a dish. Does the chicken pot pie have peas? If it’s not in the menu description, how does the customer know?
Do you cook your fries with peanut oil?
This makes no sense. The bill “lets counties require” the restaurant to have an allergen specialist? So it’s still up to the counties themselves? Outside of Montgomery and Howard I don’t see any of them “requiring” this. And from what I’ve seen, many restaurants already have a statement in their menus that says to let them know if you have any dietary requests.
Well it’s catch as catch can.
The default answer should be “We don’t know.” If the lawsuit didn’t teach that, I don’t know what will.
“The law states the restaurant must notify customers that customers must notify the restaurant of allergies. “
A number of states do this now. Look at http://www.foodallergy.org/
This is ridiculous. It is up to the person with allergies to ask if the foods contain allergens.
I have several food allergies. I don’t expect restaurants to be able to guess at them. I ask what is in the food before I order it. Any person with allergies does the same.
This is just another step towards a paternalistic world where no one is responsible for their own lives. Yes, allergies are a pain. No, the rest of the world has no obligation to watch out for your allergies.
The customer can ask. And if the wait staff doesn’t know, they ask the cook. Is it that hard, really? The state has to step in?
Well, at least now I know California doesn’t have a lock on lunacy.
I’m sympathetic to those with allergies, but frankly, anyone with an allergy so bad it can kill them who trusts a waitress ‘ s word on the ingredients of a particular dish is irresponsible IMO.
“No need to have a maven present.”
A couple people informed about food allergies is all that’s needed. The law puts the onus on the diner to ask, and the restaurant has to have someone who has a clue. About food allergies, and they are in the business of providing food. In a world where lots of people have food allergies.
And they have to be there ALL the time... if one of them sicks out then what?
No, do not ask restaurants to be nannies. The default answer should be “we don’t know.” And it’s the allerginuts who have asked for that.
I agree. The person should at least consult a cook.
“Is it that hard, really? The state has to step in?”
Lots of people have no idea about food allergy issues. The state is requiring that some people get a clue. Get relevant information about risks that exist in their line of work.
You are mixing two levels of concern. OSHA level stuff which might have to do with being allergic while working in a restaurant, and this new nannydom.
Sorry, America should not be DBrow-beaten.
“And they have to be there ALL the time... if one of them sicks out then what?”
This is not a complicated issue, the waitstaff needs to know what the kitchen is putting on the plates, it’s that simple.
If you eat out and ask, is this spicy, and the waiter says “I don’t know”, would you order it?
Why not let restaurants who want to take the trouble to be allergy friendly, be rewarded by patronage by the allergic? You want a nanny.
Spicy is on a different level than does it have this, or that, or the other allergen. Competent waitstaff would ask the cooks about spicy, and the cooks will know.
No DBrowbeating for me please.
“Sorry, America should not be DBrow-beaten.”
So I should have no expectation that a food server has competence in knowing what they are serving?
You want allergy friendly, let the market handle it. You are a camel nosing into a tent.
“You want a nanny.”
I want competent servers. Like I expect competent car mechanics.
So in your world, if the dish is too spicy, you’d eat it and not send it back.
The Glorious Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Maryland seems absolutely bound and determined to self-destruct.
“You are a camel nosing into a tent.”
This proposed law stops moonbat lawsuits. It bats the camel on the nose.
There’s common sense on the part of the patron and the restaurant and onerous requirements imposed by a state government full of individuals that have never run a business in their lives. That’s the central point.
Having food servers be made aware of the food allergy issues you know little about, is onerous? Education in an area that you don’t know about is bad?
If the patron says he can’t eat legumes, the food server should know what legumes are.
When someone who can't swim arrives at the crowded beach, should there be a sign posted telling people who can't swim that they must inform the lifeguard?
If you are allergic to eggs and inform the waitress, does this absolve you of culpability when you order an omelet, or do you demand the restaurant to prepare an omelet without eggs?
Why is personal responsibility an antiquated concept?
“...have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers...”
Customer: “I’m allergic to this.”
Staff member: “Then don’t eat that.”
“Why is personal responsibility an antiquated concept? “
Informed personal responsibility. You can see the water, but don’t know if there are almonds in your muffin, or walnuts in your pesto. Personal responsibility has to extend to the food server, who should know what they are putting on the table.
I would have the victim / allergy person fill out massive numbers of legal papers before agreeing to treat / feed them.
You’re practically requiring said food server to have an M.D. I would consider myself lucky to have a waiter who spoke and understood rudimentary English. What are you gonna do about ones who don’t ? This law will do nothing but force restaurants out of business, something Democrat laws are excellent at doing.
You should stick to triple-washed celery and carrot sticks. The rest of the world should not have to subsidize your personal need to harass restaurant workers with your muffin and pesto inquisitions.