Food Allergies

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Suffolk County Passes Law To Protect People With Food Allergies

October 29, 2018 - 6:17 pm

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A new law in Suffolk County is aiming to better protect people with food allergies at local restaurants.

Across Suffolk County, on every menu, required by law will be the words: “Please tell your server if you have any food allergies.”

It’s a small change that lawmakers are hoping could save a lot of lives.

For Gabriella Levinson, who is allergies to nuts, it could mean that she will never have to go into anaphylactic shock again.

“I got the pineapple sorbet, something had cashews in it and they used a spoon that they used to serve the cashew and it put me into anaphylactic shock,” Levinson explained.

“I started experiencing all the horrible symptoms,” the 17-year-old explained. “I was traumatized. I still am slightly traumatized.”

Legislator Dr. William Spencer also said restaurants that go above and beyond will also be recognized by the county.

“Restaurants that choose to post what their ingredients are – they have someone on site who's aware of those ingredients – we're giving those restaurants a special designation as allergy-friendly,” Spencer said. “They will be able to proudly display a logo that will notify the public that they've gone above and beyond.”