Massachusetts Allergy Awareness Regulations

In 2010, Massachusetts passed the Allergy Awareness Act. Health inspectors across the state look for restaurants to comply with these regulations on their routine inspections and will cite a violation if these factors are not in compliance.

To protect customers, food establishments in MA are required to do three things when it comes to food allergies:

  1. Post an advisory on menu or at the point of purchase, with this exact language:

    "Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy"

  2. Hang the MA approved Allergy poster somewhere visible within the preparation area of your establishment

    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/environmental/foodsafety/food-allergen-2005-poster.pdf

  3. One Certified Food Manager in each food establishments is required to watch a 30-minute allergy training video, after which they receive a certificate that is valid for 5 years.

    To take this required training, visit: http://www.servsafe.com/ss/catalog/productDetail.aspx?ID=1844