Wausau (WAOW) — An area teen joined legislators in Madison Thursday to testify on behalf of a bill.
The legislation would protect costumers with food allergies at retail food places by placing posters inside the restaurant.
The posters would educated employees on food allergies and inform customers to tell their server if they have an allergy.
Wausau East Junior Carter Cygan says the legislation hits close to home.
“I have a severe food allergy to nuts, so, many times when I go to a restaurant I’ll tell them I have a nut allergy and then I’ll double check again just to make sure there’s no nuts, and yet there’s still times when I find there’s nuts in my dish,” says Cygan.
The Food and Drug Administration says food allergies cause 20,000 emergency room visits a year and lead to 150 deaths a year in the U.S.
Area legislators Patrick Snyder and Jerry Petrowski introduced the legislation.
“This is something that we’ve seen an increase over the last few decades and I think it’s going to keep getting more,” says Snyder.
Snyder says to ensure the legislation isn’t too burdensome for food places, they would have one year to comply.