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epi-pens should be available in every restaurant

Our Mission

Most initial food allergic reactions occur in restaurants. These tend to be places in which people of all ages experiment with new foods, trying new foods with allergens they may have not tried in past. Life threatening allergic reactions also happen when cross contamination occurs. Safe Eats aims to tackle this problem. There are many times people don’t have their life saving medication with them.

Our goal is to keep people safe. We will do this by working to stock local restaurants with Epi-pens so that they are equipped and trained to handle life threatening allergic reactions within their spaces.
Our organization- a registered nonprofit- we will share fun food and snack suggestions for individuals with allergies. Whether they are snacks to buy at the market or great places to eat with an allergy, Safe Eats will work to give you the information to ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience.

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The Facts

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms. This is an allergic reaction. Foods that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. Allergic reactions can involve the skin, mouth, eyes, lungs, heart, gut and brain.

  • The most common food allergies are Milk, egg, wheat and soy allergies are often outgrown. But most people do not outgrow peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish allergies.

How Common Are Food Allergies?

  • Roughly 33 million people have food allergies in the U.S.
  • About 26 million U.S. adults have food allergies (10.8%).
  • About 5.6 million (7.6%) of children have food allergies.
  • Food allergies are most common in young children.

How Are Food Allergies Managed and Treated?

  • There is currently no cure for food allergies.
  • Avoiding the allergen is the most important way to prevent a reaction.
  • Those with food allergies should carefully read food labels and always ask about ingredients before eating the food.
  • Epinephrine is the first line of treatment for anaphylaxis.
  • Those with food allergies should always carry Their epinephrine auto-injectors with them
  • If a person is having anaphylaxis, they should:

Casey's Story

As I grow older, I want to try and eat new foods. But along with trying new foods my awareness and fear of my allergy grow bigger. I get very scared to go to a restaurant that I have not been to in the past. It makes me very uncomfortable. There are times I double and triple check with a waiter to make sure there is no contamination in what I ordered.There are times if i see something that looks like a nut in my meal and the waiter says it’s not, I get so scared I just wont eat.

I am extremely responsible with my epipen. My mom or I either carry it and we don’t leave the house without it. I bring my epipen to my friends and families houses. All of my friends know that I have allergies to foods because I am so cautious about it. They all look out for me, which is very comforting.

There have been times throughout the years that I heard stories of my friends and of other kids eating in restaurants and having an allergic reaction. In some of these instances my friends didn’t have their emergency medication. They would have to be rushed to the emergency room and hope that everything would be ok.

That’s when I said to my Mom, why aren’t their Epi-Pens in restaurants? How could that be? It doesn’t make sense.

I would feel so much safer if I knew the restaurant I was going to had an Epi-pen on hand. Most reactions that happen in restaurants are first time reactions. Usually the person doesn’t know that they are allergic to any food. So they don’t have the essential life saving medicine with them.

Providing Epi-pens in restaurants provide comfort for the people who are dining there. The Epi-pens also provide a safe environment for people who might have an allergic reaction for the first time and for someone who may have forgotten their Epi-pen.

This is my mission. I really hope that I can achieve my goal so that people with food allergies will be in less danger when they are eating out. It would make me and all of our communities feel safer.

casey's story

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What The Law Says

Josh A Lafazan

Nassau County Legislator, District 18

Safe EATS has showcased a tremendous dedication to emergency preparedness, which protects and benefits all of our citizens. I’m so proud to work with this incredible organization and look forward to more and more restaurants on Long Island having an epi-pen on-premises.

  • (PHL-Section 3000-c) allows places that serve food to buy, store, and use epi-pens.
  • Places that choose to store and use epi-pens are required by state law to have at least one person to complete a training course. These people are responsible for managing everything to do with the epi-pens.
  • Restaurants are required to follow all of NYDOH rules regarding epi-pens.
  • (PHL-Section 3000a (2) ) these are rules that protect restaurants when customers use an EpiPen.
  • Any restaurant employee who volunteers without expecting any money in return to give first aid emergency treatment at the scene of an accident is not responsible for whether or not the emergency treatment helps unless the injuries/kills were caused by carelessness or neglect by the part of the employee.
  • Any restaurant that buys, uses, trains, and makes available epi-pens, is not responsible for damage that comes after using the equipment or if the equipment is defective.
  • The laws limit the responsibility of restaurant workers who are provided emergency care. There is limited responsibility for restaurants that take emergency action with epi-pens.

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