Food & Drink

Press Releases

Pinkin Measure to Require Restaurants to Post Allergen Information Signed into Law

2d63867a71486b9b6ccc_pinkin.jpg
New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, D-18 Credits: Official Photo
2d63867a71486b9b6ccc_pinkin.jpg

EDISON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin to require the Commissioner of Health to develop an informational sign promoting food allergen awareness was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

 

The poster is to be developed, in consultation with the New Jersey Restaurant Association and in consideration of food allergy information published by the federal Food and Drug Administration, will include information about the most common food allergens, the health-related consequences of allergic reactions to food, best practices for food storage and preparation to prevent cross-contamination with food allergens.

 

Approximately 15 million people, including nearly six million children, in the United States has some form of reportable food allergy.  The prevalence of children peanut or tree nut allergy has more than tripled in the past three decades.  Food allergy reactions typically involve foods that are believed to be safe, and can result from mislabeling or cross-contact during preparation. 

Sign Up for E-News

 

“It is for these reasons, it was important that we require a uniform process to educate restaurant staff on the importance of allergen information and how to keep their guests health in mind when handling certain food items that could cause a serious health risk,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex).

 

This poster will be made available to restaurants and local boards of health, and restaurants will be required to obtain and prominently display the sign in the restaurant kitchen or other appropriate locations within the place of business. 

 

Edison Councilman Sam Joshi was helpful in writing the bill and provided his personal stories about his food allergies. 

 

Assemblywoman Pinkin represents the 18th Legislative District which includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.  She was first elected to the Assembly in 2013 after serving on the East Brunswick Town Council since 2005.  The Assemblywoman was re-elected in 2015 and this past November. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) released the following statement in response to the government shutdown due to a lapse in funding:

 

“Every day it becomes more and more clear that Republicans’ dysfunction runs so deep that they’re unable to manage even the most basic functions of government.  Democrats aren’t making ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, January 27, 8:00 PM

Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Red Bank

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Winter Festival ...

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, February 9, 7:30 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Cinderella

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 11, 3:00 PM

State Theatre, New Brunswick

Helsingborg

Arts & Entertainment

Friends of the Library Offer Defensive Driving Program

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ— Looking to erase points on your driving record? Want to save money on your car insurance? The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library are hosting a two-part defensive driving class on January 29 and 30.

Held at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) meeting room, the classes run from 6:30 to 10 pm. This classes are ...

East Brunswick Public Library Hosts Programs Exploring Human Rights and Diverse Perspectives

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—This January, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts two programs that will bring the community together to share their diverse perspectives on the world around them.

The library hosts “Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, January 23 at 7 pm. Led by Dr. Bill ...

Job Seekers Explore “Path to Employment” at East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts “Path to Employment: New Jersey Career Connections,” a program for job seekers, on Saturday, January 13 at 10:30 am.

“Pathways to Employment” is presented through New Jersey Career Connections, a job search and career navigation service offered at East Brunswick Public ...

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)

 

Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to ...

Maisie Dobbs by Jacquelline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press, 2003)

In the song “The Schuyler Sisters” from the Broadway musical Hamilton, sister Angelica sings, “ I've been reading 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine. So men say that I'm intense or I'm insane, You want a revolution? I wanna a revelation . . .” because she and her sisters are “looking for a mind ...