NY daycares to get new rules for handling food allergies

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 14: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at his Midtown Manhattan office, September 14, 2018 in New York City. Cuomo discussed his primary night election victory as well as a range of other topics. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Daycare providers in New York state will soon have new guidelines for handling food allergies.

Under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state health officials will craft the new guidelines with input from pediatric experts.

They will include training requirements for daycare workers, as well as tips for minimizing the risks of allergic reactions and what to do when a child experiences one.

Primary and secondary schools already have similar guidelines in place.

The new law is called “Elijah’s Law” after 3-year-old Elijah Silvera, who died after experiencing a reaction to a grilled cheese sandwich he was given at daycare despite having a known allergy to dairy products.

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