So, this is a good discussion for those interested in food allergies & politics:
I like that the laws have begun the process, but we need to see how they’re enforced and if the spirit of the laws are followed, or just the letter.
On the other hand, I’m not really all about expanding the government’s control over the minutia of our everyday lives. The food service industry itself ought to set some standards and adhere to them, driven by the consumers who have allergies themselves or friends & family with allergies.
Once it’s started, I just wonder where it will stop. I mean the top 8 allergens are a big concern with cross-contamination, but what about stuff that’s prevalent but not on the list like corn, chocolate, peppers, or something else? Expand it to the top 11? To the top 13? To the top 203? Eventually no foods will be able to touch each other, we’ll just eat single-ingredient dishes, all with their own dedicated cooks and kitchens.
I just don’t know where I fall here with a solution that’s practical yet makes most people (allergic and non-allergic alike) happy.