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Food allergy guidelines extended to preschools

Sep 13, 2019 12:00 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union legislation signed into law September 12 creates new food guidelines for preventing and responding to allergic reactions by extending protections already in place at schools to early child programs. Child care providers will now be required to provide staff training, and have preventative measures and prepared emergency responses in place, adhering to procedures created by the state Department of Health, pediatricians and allergy specialists. "No family should live in fear that their child will suffer an allergic attack with no one on hand capable of treating it," said Assembly member Al Taylor, the Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the legislation. Milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish cause the majority of food allergy reactions, according to Food Allergy Research and Education. Passage of the legislation followed the death of 3-year-old Elijah Silvera, who was fed a grilled cheese sandwich at his daycare despite having a dairy allergy. Read the full story in the Times Union.