Ehrlich Law, LLC represents individuals in connection with claims against food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers arising from allergic reactions that should have been avoided. We also help families negotiate 504 Plans with schools and will not rest until their needs are accommodated. Finally, we also assist businesses with increasing disclosure, minimizing exposure, and inform its employees about the pervading problem of allergies.
A Note from David
My daughter is severely allergic to peanuts. In navigating the difficulties with helping her with her allergy, I was shocked how little protection there is to ensure proper food labeling for allergies. The federal Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (“FALCPA”) only pertains to food manufacturers and not restaurants, bakeries, ice cream shops or other retail establishments. This means that these retailers do not even need to list the ingredients, including potential allergens, to the foods they serve.
To go even further, the FALCPA only requires manufacturers to disclose what allergies are actually “contained” in the food and not whether they process any allergens in the same facility or even on the same equipment. This leaves the public at great risk for cross-contamination. As a parent of a child with a severe allergy, this is terrifying. Allergists often recommend that allergic people should avoid all processed foods because they simply cannot trust the leniency of the food labeling laws and the overwhelming risk of cross-contamination.
These issues mean a lot to me personally and I want this to be a focal point of Ehrlich Law. If you or anyone you know has suffered an allergic reaction to a food or just want to talk about these shared concerns and experiences, please contact us immediately.