Who is responsible for enforcing the food allergy awareness regulations in 105 CMR 590.000?
The Act gives the authority for enforcement of the regulations to local boards of health as the primary agencies responsible for enforcing the State Sanitary Code.
What happens if a food establishment does not comply with the regulations as required?
Failure to have a poster, menu notice, or proof of training when required will be debited by the local board of health as a critical item on the inspection report requiring corrective action within 10 days. Local boards of health may use fines and other enforcement actions available under 105 CMR 590.000 and state law to achieve compliance.
Where can an approved food allergen safety poster and other guidance materials be obtained?
Free food allergy safety guidance for industry including a food allergy awareness poster approved by the Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health/Food Protection Program will be made available for downloading from any of the following web sites:
MDPH Food Protection Program - http://mass.gov/dph/fpp
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network - http://www.foodallergy.org/