Hamilton politicians have taken a step towards becoming the first Canadian city to make Epi-Pens available in all restaurants.
The Board of Health has given unanimous approval to a pilot project, to be launched by the end of March, through which epinephrine auto injectors will be placed in either a Hamilton mall or nationally recognized food chain.
After one year, Councillor Lloyd Ferguson’s hope is that the program will be expanded to all food outlets.
Ferguson also played some show-and-tell, in stressing that training is not a big hurdle, by using an Epi-Pen himself to display the voice prompts and ease of usage.
A funding source has not been finalized for the pilot project.
City lawyers have also been asked to report back in regards to the Good Samaritan Act as it relates to liability. 7% of Canadians are said to have a food allergy.
Councillor Ferguson first put forward the idea last winter after a 12 year old Stoney Creek girl died from an allergic reaction to ice cream in a Burlington food court.