Murt’s Food Allergy Legislation Passes House

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Bill 1148, legislation by Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to research and publish food allergy management guidelines for school districts in developing food allergy reaction management practices. 

Food allergy is believed to be the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside a hospital setting, causing an estimated 30,000 emergency department visits each year in the United States.  Between 6 million and 7 million Americans -- or 2 to 2.5 percent of the general population -- suffer from food allergies and it is estimated that as many as 100 to 200 people die each year from food allergic reactions.   

Murt noted that food allergies are especially troubling for parents because children spend such a large part of the day away from the safety of home. 

“Our children spend a major part of every day at school.  In some cases, they eat breakfast and lunch at school,” Murt said.  “As parents, even if we pack an allergen-free lunch for our child, we cannot monitor the foods to which they will be exposed at school.  As a result, even when we take all the appropriate steps, we cannot protect them from the foods we know will cause an allergic reaction.” 

Murt noted that his legislation will ensure that schools have the information they need to react if a child experiences an allergic reaction. 

“My legislation would give schools statewide a uniform set of guidelines to follow in order to recognize which foods could trigger allergic reactions in students,” Murt added.  “Likewise, it would create a standard protocol to follow if a student should develop an allergic reaction at school.” 

Murt’s legislation now goes to the state Senate. 

Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 674-3755
(717) 787-6886
Contact:  Sean Yeakle
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