City in Canada wants to require EAIs at every restaurant

Hamilton, Canada, wants to be the first city in that country to require all restaurants and places that serve food to have epinephrine auto-injectors on hand for children and adults who suffer from allergies.

The city's board of health has voted to investigate a strategy for deploying epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) at "every food service outlet in Hamilton."

Feasibility for the plan will be tested by Hamilton's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, and McMaster University researcher Dr. Susan Waserman.

The motion from the city's board came after a 12-year-old girl died after reacting to a food allergen in a food court in Burlington.

The city already requires many public places to have defibrillators on hand as well as employees trained to use them. The council believes that that precedent, which was far more complicated than using an EAI, shows that something like this can be done.

Richardson and Waserman will report back to the council in the fall.

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