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Relating to food allergen awareness in food service establishments.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.
HB 4256 would require food service establishments to display a poster relating to food allergen awareness in areas primarily accessible to employees. The Department of State Health Services would be required to determine the form and content of the poster and post a sample of the poster on the agency's Internet website.
Texas Action opposes HB 4256 because it violates the principle of limited government. The food service industry is already highly regulated (even food handlers are required to be licensed in Texas), and this bill would add to the burden on this industry while detracting from the personal responsibility of individuals to take appropriate measures against adverse reactions to their food allergies.