Murt’s Food Allergy Legislation Passes Legislature

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 has passed the Legislature as part of House Bill 101, a bill amending several sections of Pennsylvania’s school code. 

“Children spend a major part of every day at school.  In some cases, they eat breakfast and lunch at school,” Murt said.  “As parents, we cannot always be there to protect them from the foods we know will cause an allergic reaction.  My legislation will give schools the information they need to respond when a child has an allergic reaction.” 

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 percent 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’s legislation will create a statewide uniform set of guidelines to follow in order to recognize which foods could trigger allergic reactions in students, and it will create a standard protocol to follow if a student should develop an allergic reaction at school. 

House Bill 101 has been sent to the governor and is now awaiting his signature. 

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

(215) 674-3755
(717) 787-6886
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