UPDATE: DATE CHANGE
The hearing of the Committee on Health of the New York City Council on Food Allergy Issues in New York City Restaurants and Int. No. 818 originally scheduled for January 22, 2009 at 1pm HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. The hearing will now take place on January 29, 2009 at 10am in the Committee Room at City Hall.
The legislation can be found at http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200818-2008.htm?CFID=1282019&CFTOKEN=34754534.
To my fellow allergic New Yorkers:
Please join me January 29, 2009 at 10am for a New York City Council open hearing about placing food allergy posters in dining establishments here New York City. This is an oversight and legislation hearing, the legislation can be found here and below.
Int. No. 818
By Council Members Lappin, Brewer, Comrie, James, Koppell, Liu, Stewart, White, Jr. and Gerson
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring posters with information on food allergies in food service establishments.
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-193 to read as follows:
§ 17-193. Food allergies posters. a. Definitions. 1. “Food service establishment” shall have the meaning as such term is defined in section 81.03 of the health code of the city of New York, except that it shall not include any pushcart.
2. “Covered languages” shall mean, but not be limited to, Chinese, English, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
b. The department shall create a poster containing information on food allergies for use in food service establishments. Such posters shall be available in the covered languages.
c. Every food service establishment shall post, in accordance with the rules of the department, in an area visible to anyone preparing or serving food, posters containing information on food allergies provided by the department.
d. Fees. The department shall make such posters available, and may charge a fee to cover printing, postage and handling expenses.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect ninety days after its enactment into law, provided that the commissioner may promulgate any rules necessary for implementing and carrying out the provisions of this section prior to its effective date.
Here's the invitation:
The Committee on Health of the New York City Council will hold an oversight hearing on Food Allergy Issues in New York City Restaurants and Int. No. 818-2008, a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring posters with information on food allergies in food service establishments. The hearing will be held on January 29, 2009 at 10 am at City Hall. The legislation can be found here.
We would welcome the opportunity to hear from the public. If you plan to testify, you should bring 20 copies (double-sided) of your written testimony to the hearing.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Legislative Policy Analyst
New York City Council
If you wish to join the hearing to listen in or to speak, please email your RSVP to Joseph Mancino, JMancino@council.nyc.gov
If you can't join, feel free to comment on this post or email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.