(Oct. 30/13) The City of Hamilton has announced a pilot program that may lead to mandatory auto-injectors (Epi-Pens) in local restaurants. CRFA supports onsite EpiPens for emergency purposes. However, we are against making this mandatory due a number of issues, such as:
liability and insurance;
who bears responsibility for product and training costs; and
efforts needed to ensure product has not expired.
The Hamilton pilot program begins in March 2014 and runs for a year, when the results will be assessed.
A better solution
CRFA is working with EpiPen, insurance providers and restaurateurs to create a voluntary program that allows our members the flexibility to provide this product in the safest way possible.
CRFA and EpiPen have also produced an information booklet and poster on managing food allergies in your foodservice establishment. Contact our Member Services team for your free copy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-387-5649.