Agenda Item SB
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 33-16, Eating and Drinking Establishments - Food Allergen
Awareness Training and Resolution to Adopt Bill 33-16 as a Board of Health
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact Bill 33-16 and adopt
the Board of Health Regulation.
Bill 33-16, Eating and Drinking Establishments - Food Allergen Awareness Training, sponsored
by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Riemer and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers Leventhal, Katz and
Rice, was introduced on August 2, 2016. A Health and Human Services Committee worksession
was held on October 17.
Bill 33-16 would require certain employees of eating and drinking establishments to complete a
food allergen awareness training course and pass a test and require the Department of Health and
Human Services to provide a list ofapproved online and in person food allergen awareness training
A companion Board of Health regulation, which will be considered by the Council simultaneously
with Bill 33-16, is also a subject oftoday's worksession, is attached on ©4-S.
Summary of Public Testimony and Council staff comments
The Council has heard from many residents supportive ofBi1l33-16, including a petition that was
submitted with 122 signers from County residents and others outside ofthe County. Many ofthese
residents have shared their personal experiences with food allergens and how those allergies
impact their decision to eat out at restaurants (©11-29). The Council also heard from the City of
Rockville, expressing support for the bill (©30).