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REPUBLICANS VOTE NOT TO PASS BILL TO INCREASE FOOD ALLERGEN PROTECTION IN RESTAURANTS, ALSO KNOWN AS

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Republicans on the House Commerce Committee voted to Interim Study HB 65, a bill requiring food service establishments to establish food allergy awareness procedures. After the vote, Prime Sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Rosemarie Rung (D-Merrimack) released the following statement:


“It is deeply sad that Republicans on the Commerce committee voted not to pass HB 65, also known as “Rachel’s Law,” in honor of Rachel Hunger, a UNH student who died tragically of an allergic reaction to peanuts while dining out. This simple legislation seeks to create more communication around food allergies in restaurants across NH and has the potential to save the lives of those who otherwise needlessly die from preventable accidents around food safety.”

“Thousands of Granite Staters and their children, as well as thousands of tourists who frequent the state, deal with the stress of dining out with anaphylactic food allergies. This bill would implement basic, common-sense measures to include allergen communication notices on menus and require a restaurant staff person to be certified in food allergen safety. Preventing needless tragedy and loss of life should be a bipartisan goal to save parents across the state the grief that the Hunger family has had to endure. I commend the Hunger family and their friends for their tireless advocacy on this issue in honor of Rachel and so many like her.”


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