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Food service vulnerable
to food allergy lawsuits

Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/18/2013 10:49:42 AM

Washington — People with severe food allergies have a new tool in their attempt to find menus that fit their diet: federal disabilities law. And that could leave schools, restaurants and anyplace else that serves food more vulnerable to legal challenges over food sensitivities. A settlement stemming from a lack of gluten-free foods available to students at a Massachusetts university could serve as a precedent for people with other allergies or conditions, including peanut sensitivities or diabetes. Institutions and businesses subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act could be open to lawsuits if they fail to honor requests for accommodations

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The Americans With Disabilities Act is among the greatest antibusiness triumphs of the left. Here´s the latest ramification.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 1/18/2013 10:54:07 AM     (No. 9124214)

Simple solution - take a lunch of what you can eat. It is your responsibility, not mine.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/18/2013 11:02:30 AM     (No. 9124240)

As I have said thousands of times, lawyers are responsible for almost every known problem in this country.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dante, 1/18/2013 11:03:41 AM     (No. 9124244)

If you have a problem or a condition, it´s yours to deal with. Society cannot accommodate everyone to their fullest satisfaction.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SallyHerigstad, 1/18/2013 11:13:20 AM     (No. 9124269)

I´m gluten free, and a smidgen of flour can make me feel sick for days. I do expect restaurants to be honest about whether something is gluten free, and they almost always are. I do not expect them to make a separate kitchen or even deep fryer for me, and I would never stoop to accepting a cash settlement because they didn´t have enough gluten free options in the past. After all, there´s hardly a food out there that someone isn´t allergic to. If we took out everything that someone can´t eat, we´d all starve to death.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/18/2013 11:13:27 AM     (No. 9124270)

Soon the only food available to the non-elite will be Soylent Green. Then the liberals will be happy and be able to move on to something else that they feel they can use to control people.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JimS, 1/18/2013 11:23:50 AM     (No. 9124302)

Ted Kennedy´s ADA continues to be source of frivolous lawsuits and wasteful spending for society. When can we declare old white male to be a disability?

Hope old Lucifer gives Teddy another jab in the butt with his pitchfork

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Reply 7 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 1/18/2013 11:41:52 AM     (No. 9124390)

Pork-free zones coming soon. Allergies lead the way for disabilities, and then will come religious discrimination. First the institutions, then perhaps restaurants. What next - grocery stores?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/18/2013 3:58:50 PM     (No. 9125006)

The legal issue at hand in this case was that the student was required...
that is, forced...
to pay for a meal plan in which he/she could not eat the food.

Look, for many decades, even on an airline, with their supposedly "notorious" food
(which I always noticed people eating right up) you could request kosher or vegetarian or whatever special meal/s.
And the airline is just transportation somewhere, not a cafeteria or restaurant.

It´s an interesting development that celiac disease (severe gluten allergy) may become
an official gummint disability.

I happen to have a number of sensitivities and/or allergies (wheat bran, large amounts of added gluten, sour cream, frozen yogurt, mono and di-glycerides, eggs, etc etc) and my former boss is an M.D. who specializes in food allergy and gluten sensitivity. He´s written several books.

You´ll be forced someday to accept the reality that eateries have to deal with this. Like it or not.

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