Covered in this course

The Food Allergy Awareness Training course is broken down into 3 sections.

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!

Large close up of ingredients and food allergens in a product as part of our food allergy awareness training course

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!

A menu showing the food allergens in the meals

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.

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

Food Allergy Awareness Certificate

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.

Food Allergy Awareness Certificate

Real user reviews

Based on 140 real user reviews.

4.33 out of 5

Very easy to do

Very informative

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Really help me with what ingredients to look out for

is very good have those things in mind

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Easy to follow Given me a heads up on recent changes All service staff needs this information

The course was very interesting and info

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Comprehensive and interesting.

I can say that I found the course very useful in raising my awareness on the subject of catering and food allergies. The course was informative and comprehensive and I found it very helpful in my involvement of catering.

Easy of doing it online

Very convenient to learn at your own time. Easy to do the test and obtain certificate immediately. Would certainly recommend

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Legislation relating to Food Allergens

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

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.

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