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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 What are Allergens?
  2. 2 The Laws Regarding Food
  3. 3 Cross Contamination and How to Avoid It
An image of nuts, which can cause an allergic reaction - Food Allergy Awareness Training
Large close up of ingredients and food allergens in a product as part of our food allergy awareness training course

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!

A menu showing the food allergens in the meals

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, and coffee shops.

A store room of food allergens separated in boxes to avoid cross contamination

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.

About this course

This Food Allergen Training programme has been written for people who work with food; whether it’s food production, processing, packaging, distribution, food retail or catering.

Anyone who works with food needs to know about allergens and allergen labelling. They particularly need to be aware of the changes to the rules which were introduced in December 2014. In the UK it’s estimated that 2 million people have an allergy to foods, and over the last 15 years hospital admissions for food allergies have increased by 500%.

As there is no cure for food allergies, they must be managed and the only way to do this is to avoid the foods which cause the allergy. It is therefore important that people with food allergies can easily find out which products contain the ingredients they are allergic to. In order to comply with the new EU FIC Regulations, everyone working in the food industry is required to understand how to make this information readily available to consumers should they need to know.

Our Food Allergy Awareness training course is the perfect online course for anyone working with food - It's engaging, cost-effective and it only takes 35 minutes to complete!

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Keith Wickham, a presenter of Food Allergy Awareness Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Food Allergy Awareness Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Food Allergy Awareness certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Food Allergy Awareness Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple-choice test with a 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 reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Food Allergy Awareness Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Food Allergy Awareness Certificate

739 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5
Very clear and well explained

I like the way its broken down into short videos, and the end of each video gives you a summary. Helps to remember it easier!


I will be more aware of the danger of cross contamination in the work area’s now


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Well presented

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Overall good course content

OVerall good and easy to follow, there were several times the course 'froze' and almost crashed, but it re-loaded to the point I was at. There were a couple of spelling mistakes, which confused me initially and once I re-read the statement/question I could understand.

Long winded

I found the videos went on a bit to long an was hard to focus on what was important information an not

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

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.

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