Description: After a recent lawsuit against an American university for not providing allergy safe meals, food service establishments (particularly other universities) may be looking for guidance. The US Justice Department has determined that severe food allergies can be classified as disabilities under federal law (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). This will be particularly important for dormitories that require the students to eat most of their meals in the cafeteria. Dietitians could help these institutions by: 1) Educating staff on proper procedures and prevention of cross contamination 2) Creating allergy friendly menu choices 3) Speaking with individual students to determine needs (e.g. diagnosed celiac disease vs. gluten-free diet as a fad).
Website Link: There are many media articles on this recent lawsuit. Link to One Article
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