Food Allergen Awareness Training

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Food Allergen Awareness
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It's essential that food handlers in retail and catering settings have an awareness of what food hypersensitivities and allergens are, how they can affect the safety of customers, and how food handlers should communicate the correct information to those who need to know.

This online Food Allergen Awareness course will teach you how to comply with the UK's allergen laws and help you understand which foods commonly cause reactions in food-hypersensitive customers. This course will explain how allergenic ingredients should be labelled on food products under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation (as retained in UK law) and how to ensure customers receive accurate information about the food they consume.

Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance states that food businesses must make sure their staff receive training on allergens.
This course was last audited on: 18th July 2023
  • Developed by food safety professionals
  • Ensures compliance with the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation as retained in UK law
  • Up to date with current allergen legislation in the UK, Natasha's Law and PPDS labelling requirements
  • Developed in collaboration with and endorsed by the Owen's Law Campaign
  • Accredited by CPD and endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality
  • Downloadable module recaps of key learning points
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

What you'll learn

By the end of this course learners can:

  • Explain the term 'food hypersensitivity'.
  • Recognise the common symptoms of allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, coeliac disease and food intolerances.
  • Identify the 14 food allergens which must be declared if they are used as an ingredient.
  • Explain their legal responsibilities in regard to allergen labelling and declaration.
  • Apply communication techniques to engage positively with the food hypersensitive customer.
  • Describe how to convey accurate allergen information in food items to the customer.
  • Implement procedures and practices to control allergenic cross-contamination.
  • Determine how to respond in an emergency where a customer has symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

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Course content

1Introduction to Food Allergens, Allergies and Anaphylaxis

What is a food allergen, key definitions, coeliac disease and symptoms, symptoms of an allergic reaction, symptoms of anaphylaxis, food handler responsibilities, the 14 food allergens, hidden allergens, what's my role.

2Food Allergen Law and the Food Labelling Regulations

Food safety legislation, food labelling regulations, foods prepacked for direct sale (PPDS), allergen labelling, Natasha's Law, near miss reporting, precautionary allergen labelling, ingredients lists, loose foods, distance selling, law enforcement, staff training, communicating with the food hypersensitive customer.

3Controlling Allergenic Cross-Contamination

Key terms, HACCP, prerequisites, cleaning the workplace, food deliveries and transportation, food storage, food preparation, food service, allergen policy, emergency situations.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 90%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is best suited for food handlers in catering and retail settings. The course is appropriate for workers at all levels, whether they prepare, handle, sell or serve food products.

This includes, but is not limited to, staff that work in:

  • Restaurants, canteens and hotels
  • Cafes, coffee and sandwich shops
  • Supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Bakeries, butchers and delicatessens
  • Food markets, stalls and food trucks
  • Food buffets
  • Takeaways
  • Caterers and cooks in hospital and education settings
  • Online food retailers and other distance sellers

If you work in food manufacturing then our specifically designed Food Allergens in Manufacturing course will be more suitable.

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If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

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Additionally, have you seen our help page? It’s full of useful information to help guide you through your training experience.