This is an important one for my food allergy readers… please take the time to read this post from Allergy Eats and respond accordingly! This is your chance to have some real input to actual legislation, not just another request to your state, federal, and local officials.
The entire post below is reposted with assumed permission… please re-post, re-blog, re-tweet, use your ham radio or the telegraph, and get the word out.
I am reaching out to the entire food allergy community with a great opportunity for us to have an impact on REAL, forthcoming food allergy legislation.
A few months ago, I was invited to work with a governmental body that is enacting a food allergy law pertaining to restaurants. (For now, please respect my decision not to mention specifics. I believe doing so could compromise my ability to effectively represent our food allergy constituency.) I was, and remain, very excited about this opportunity to advocate for our community.
In the course of this group’s discussions, there seemed to be a lingering question – what is the definition of an allergy-friendly restaurant? While I was very comfortable responding to that question myself, I believed at the time that it would be more effective to have community comments, which I was (and am) very confident would support my position. I suggested that I contact members of the food allergy community, via the thousands of AllergyEats members and social media followers, and solicit as many unprompted opinions as possible.
So here’s what I’m requesting. Could you please take a moment to answer the following question:
How would you define an allergy-friendly restaurant? (Please be as specific as possible.)
This is an absolutely critical opportunity to affect not only impending legislation, but legislation that could become a template for other states and municipalities across the nation!
I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to respond to this request. I believe my effectiveness in advocating for the food allergy community will be directly impacted by how many supporters answer this call. To that end, please also consider spreading this message as broadly as possible, using social media, blogs, or any other resource you have access to. The more voices we have, the more effective we will be!
I assure you that I will continue to do my best in advocating for our community and I promise to share more about this particular legislation when appropriate.
Important Note: I need to collect responses by February 2, giving us just one week, so please consider responding as soon as possible.
Again, the question I am asking you to answer is:
How would you define an allergy-friendly restaurant? (Please be as specific as possible)
Please submit your responses to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to post your comments here on the blog by clicking Comments or Reply. (Email is preferable, but either is greatly appreciated.)
Thank you for your support!
Sadly, this sums up my general attitude towards dining out with food allergies and “safe” menu options: