Food Safety


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50 State Survey: Epinephrine Entity Stocking Laws

In recent years, a growing number of states have adopted epinephrine entity stocking laws. These laws allow authorized entities like restaurants, amusement parks and sports arenas to obtain and store auto-injectable epinephrine, or EpiPens, and administer the drug to individuals experiencing anaphylaxis. The following is a survey of states’ epinephrine entity stocking laws.

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From the Public Health Law Blog

How State Tax Policy Can Help Feed the Hungry and Combat Global Warming

In the U.S., 42.2 million people lack access to adequate food due to insufficient income or other resources. Food insecurity is associated with a wide range of health issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral problems in children, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Conversely, it’s estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted. This waste, in turn, generates substantial greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Tax incentives for food donations could be one policy approach to address these issues.

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From the Legal Assistance Library

Regulations on the use of Human Waste as a Fertilizer

A requester recently contacted the Network to ask how states regulate the use of human waste as a fertilizer. Both federal and state law allow for the use of human waste as an agricultural fertilizer. The land application of biosolids, sewage sludge, and/or domestic septage provides considerable nutrient benefits for the soil, but also presents a range of health and environmental challenges.

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Primary Legal Issues

Public health lawyers can help state and local officials working on food-borne illness prevention and response in many ways, including:

  • Determining and explaining the limits of the power of local officials to implement regulations aimed at preventing food-borne illness outbreaks in their jurisdictions (federal regulations can preempt local ordinances).
  • Assisting local health officials to translate sound science into sound policy.
  • Serving as the liaison between local health officials and the regulatory agencies charged with reducing the spread of microbes among animals and preventing the contamination of foods.
  • Helping state and local public health agencies understand the range of model regulations that have been adopted nationwide to regulate food preparation. (State and local public health agencies generally enjoy broad power to regulate food preparation, such as in restaurants and convenience stores. Model codes for such regulation have been adopted in most states, though there are a variety of models in place across the country. As a result, states may benefit from sharing information about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of certain model provisions and may work together to recommend changes to the model provisions. Public health lawyers can assist in this process.)

Technical Assistance Capacity

The Network for Public Health Law provides technical assistance to health officials interested in gaining a better understanding of federal, state and local food safety regulations so that they can better develop public health programs that comply with existing laws.

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