Texas to Require Restaurants to Educate Employees about Food Allergies

August 29, 2023

By September 1, 2024, under Senate Bill 812, the Sergio Lopez Food Allergy Awareness Act (the “Act”), restaurants, retailers, and other food service establishments in Texas will need to display a poster for employees regarding food allergy awareness.

The number of Americans living with food allergies increased by roughly 50 percent in the last two decades. With concerns over food allergies on the rise, Texas will now require food establishments to educate and train their employees about food allergies and the serious and life-threatening consequences that can result. Sergio Lopez, for whom the Act is named, died after eating a taco that employees repeatedly told him did not contain peanuts.

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