What to Know
- Up to 32 million Americans – including one out of every 13 children – have a food allergy.
A federal judge declined to grant an injunction presented by a Palm Beach County mother that would have forced one city from selling peanuts at its baseball complex over her son’s serious allergy to the food.
NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reported that the case presented by Jennifer Quasha against the city of Palm Beach Gardens was declined by them Southern District of Florida on Tuesday, with Quasha arguing that the city was violating her six-year-old son’s rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, saying his allergy has prevented him from playing in the league due to shells being left in dugouts.
Quasha said that the city’s Youth Athletic Association made changes to allow her son’s former team to play first and had dugouts swept out before games along with not selling peanuts at the concessions stand, but said it could not make the same concessions this spring due to an increased number of players and teams.
“It’s just very puzzling to me what statement they’re trying to make,” Quasha said to the station in August. “Are they trying to state that peanuts are more important than our children here in the city?”
The league’s president told the station that they have offered every accomondation possible, including training coaches on the use of Epi-pens as well as moving games involving Quasha’s son to a park that does not have a concession stand.
Up to 32 million Americans – including one out of every 13 children – have a food allergy, according to the Fare Food Allergy Research and Education group.