Food Allergy Awareness Training

This training is legally required by the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation in order for allergen information to be made available to consumers. This course is for those producing, selling or handling food.

Key Features & Benefits of this Course

  • Complete this online course in just 35 minutes
  • CPD approved
  • CIEH assured
  • Cover the 14 major Food Allergens and their labelling
  • Work towards compliance with the Food Information Regulations
  • Learn how to prevent harmful cross-contamination
  • End of course test and printable certificate
  • Free trial, online demo and bulk discounts available
  • Contact us to find out more about condensed versions and different languages

Food Allergy Awareness Training Course Contents

1. What are Allergens?

In this section we look at what an allergen is, how food allergens affect people and what the 14 major food allergens are.

We look at different allergic reactions, particularly looking at what to do in an emergency – if someone is having a severe allergic reaction to food.

Do you know which food allergens can found in common foods or menu selections? We have an interactive exercise to highlight the use of allergenic ingredients in foods you may not expect!

2. The Laws Regarding Food

The Laws regarding foods and food products are there to keep consumers safe. In this section we look at the legal requirements.

We look at how allergenic ingredients must be declared on labels and we look at the new law which means that, even products without labels must present allergy information or have it easily available – this includes foods such as pizza from pizzerias, the salads in salad bars, loose foods bought from supermarkets, delicatessens, or from restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, sandwich shops or pies, bread and cakes from bakeries, even ice-cream from ice-cream vans and pick and mix sweets!

3. Cross Contamination and How to Avoid It

People with food allergies can be affected by the tiniest amount of the food they are allergic to, so it’s really important that great care is taken to avoid one food being contaminated by another.

This section looks at ways to reduce the risk of contamination to a minimum. This includes personal cleanliness, cleanliness of surfaces, utensils and machinery, design, layout and organisation of food preparation and storage areas and disposal of waste.

 Test & Certificate

This Food Allergy Awareness Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training, and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout. As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to re-print certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

 Legislation relating to Food Allergens

The Food Information Regulations 2014

What are The Food Information Regulations 2014? 

The Food Information Regulations EU1169/2011 came into force in December 2014 - changing the way allergens are labelled on packaging. The new law essentially means:

• You can no longer state that you ‘don’t know’ if an allergen is present
• You can no longer state that all foods ‘could’ contain an allergen
• Oral statements now have to be backed up in writing if requested
• Your local Environment Health Officers will enforce the regulations. Any Non-Compliance will result in a large fine

The provision of food information shall pursue a high level of protection of consumers’ health and interests by providing a basis for final consumers to make informed choices and to make safe use of food, with particular regard to health, economic, environmental, social and ethical considerations.

Food Information Regulation EU1169/2011, Chapter 2, Article 3 (1)

Food Information Regulation EU1169/2011 doesn't just apply to prepacked food, but ALL foods - which includes foods eaten in restaurants, cafes, pubs, in hospitals, canteens, schools, care homes, as well as takeaway foods.

 Reviews More reviews


By on May 22, 2017

Good straight forward able to do in own

By on April 7, 2017
I have 25 years experience in catrering and still I learnt some thing new. The explanation of to my you can cook Joints of meat rare helped me fully understand why and it was easy to nderstand

Very informative and easy to follow .

By on April 5, 2017
The course was very straight forward and easy to follow , the information given was broken down into 3 sections so i didn't feel i was bombarded with too much at once . The 4th section , the test , was also easy to follow.