Recently, at a large CASI CCO that included People’s Choice competition, a child had a severe, life threatening allergic reaction to a People’s Choice Chili. The child was transported to and treated in an emergency room. The mother notified the Pod, the venue owner and the charity sponsor of her intention to recover at least unpaid medical expenses. She correctly asserted that there were no allergy warning signs posted at the event and verbal warnings were not sufficient. A liability attorney associated with the charity sponsor verified that all three parties were potentially liable even though it was People's Choice Chili. The attorney was able to negotiate a settlement with the parent on behalf of all three parties and a settlement release was executed. The attorney advises the parties that not only are warning signs essential, but that the signs should be ANSI compliant. By the terms of the settlement among the three parties, Pod, venue owner and charity sponsor, no further details may be released. These are the events that resulted in the new CASI policy.
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