Statement of Jason Linde, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, FARE, on the Muñoz SAFE Act (A.B. 1651) which was signed into law by Governor Newsom
“Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) applauds Governor Newsom for taking a significant step toward the safety and well-being of individuals with food allergies by signing A.B. 1651, The Muñoz Student Allergy Framework for Emergencies (SAFE) Act, into law on Sunday, October 8. This landmark legislation, introduced by Assemblymember Kate Sanchez (R-Rancho Santa Margarita), will undoubtedly save lives, and enhance the quality of life for the approximately 467,000 children in California who have life-threatening food allergies.
“The Muñoz SAFE Act, named for FARE advocate Zacky Muñoz, an 11-year-old boy with several life-threatening food allergies who suffered two anaphylactic reactions in first grade while on campus, requires schools, educational offices, and charter schools to store epinephrine auto-injectors in accessible locations for emergency use, and represents a critical milestone in food allergy advocacy. By requiring the availability of epinephrine auto-injectors in schools and empowering trained individuals to administer them during emergencies, this law closes a vital gap in food allergy safety by reducing the likelihood of lethal allergic reactions on school campuses.
“More than 33 million Americans suffer from life threatening food allergies and of this population, 1 in 13 are children who rely on parents, caregivers, teachers, and school administrators to keep them safe while at school. This legislation underscores the importance of quick and effective response in cases of severe allergic reactions.
“This law is the 9th FARE endorsed bill signed into law this year and is the culmination of a significant grassroots push by FARE, led by the tireless efforts of the Muñoz family, California lawmakers and countless FARE advocates. The dedication to this cause and commitment to raising awareness about the critical importance of access to epinephrine will undoubtedly make a lasting impact.
“While we celebrate this significant victory in California, FARE remains dedicated to our mission of improving the lives of individuals with food allergies nationwide. We will continue to work tirelessly to advocate for similar life-saving measures in other states and on a federal level. We can and will create a safer and more inclusive world for those affected by food allergies. Governor Newsom's action reinforces our belief in the power of advocacy and collaboration to drive positive change.”
FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy as well as the largest private funder of food allergy research. FARE’s innovative education, advocacy and research initiatives transform the future of food allergy through new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation, and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more, visit: foodallergy.org.