CDC Releases Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in School


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published comprehensive guidelines for the management of food allergies in schools. The document, entitled “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs“, provides practical information and strategies for use in conjunction and compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Quoting from the document:

These guidelines were developed in response to Section 112 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which was enacted in 2011. This act is designed to improve food safety in the United States by shifting the focus from response to prevention. Section 112(b) calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to “develop guidelines to be used on a voluntary basis to develop plans for individuals to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs” and “make such guidelines available to local educational agencies, schools, early childhood education programs, and other interested entities and individuals to be implemented on a voluntary basis only.”

We at applaud the publication of these guidelines and the efforts of organizations like FARE for helping produce it. We will provide commentary on this 108-page document in the coming days once we have had a chance to review it. In the meantime, click here to download and view the document.

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