New California Law: the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Act Requires Food Allergy Training for All Food Handlers

 

Governor Newsom has signed the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Act. This bill was authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (AD16 D-Orinda) and named in honor of Natalie Giorgi. Natalie passed away at age 13 due to a severe allergic reaction to undeclared peanut in a treat while at a summer camp in Sacramento.

AB 1532 requires all food handlers to have a simple certification in safe food handling practices for major food allergens. This bill also would add “Organized Camps” to the definition of “Food Facility” and require training for individuals who handle food at camp.

A huge thank you to Natalie’s parents, Louis and Joanne Giorgi, who created the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation and played a critical part in getting this law passed. Congratulations to all of the advocates who supported this law.



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