Food Allergy Awareness Quiz

October 17, 2022
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Test Your Food Allergy Awareness

Food allergies and intolerances can cause serious reactions. Therefore, if you are a food handler that produces, handles or serves food to consumers, it is important that you understand how to ensure the food you sell is safe for everyone to eat. Clear allergen labelling is the easiest way to do this, but how much do you know about food allergens in order to ensure this is done correctly? And do you fully understand how to comply with Natasha’s Law? Try our quiz now to test your knowledge!

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Under Natasha’s Law, which was introduced in October 2021, what are food businesses required to do?

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Under Natasha’s Law, all food products that are prepared and packaged on site for direct sale to the consumer must have a full ingredients list, highlighting any allergens they contain.

If your regular food supplier has substituted your delivery of pre-packaged lasagne for a different brand, what should you do?

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You need to check the ingredients to identify whether the new product has any different allergens in it, you then need to communicate this to all staff members who encounter this product.

Which one of the following allergens is often used to glaze food products?

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Egg is a common way to glaze products, such as pies, and it must be declared on the ingredients list if it is used.

What is a food intolerance?

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A food intolerance is where there is not an allergic reaction by the immune system, but where the sufferer can experience gradual symptoms, usually after eating substantial amounts of the food.

Which of these is a life-threatening symptom of anaphylaxis?

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Anaphylaxis can cause the throat to close, resulting in trouble speaking, swallowing and breathing. This can be life-threatening.

If you sell food products online or over the phone, when do you need to provide allergen information in order to comply with food safety law?

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You need to inform the customer of any of the named food allergens in your products before they purchase them, and again when they receive them.

If a customer in a restaurant asks whether a food contains an allergen and you don’t know the answer, what should you do?

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You have a duty to be able to tell customers if and which allergens are in every food item on your menu. Restaurants should have an allergen matrix which accurately details this information, or you can ask your manager, who should know. Ingesting allergens can be a case of life or death, and you must take it seriously.

If someone is suffering from a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), and they don’t have an adrenaline auto-injector, what should you do?

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You should call 999 for an ambulance immediately (even if they start to feel better) – and mention that you think the person has anaphylaxis.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that is triggered by what?

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Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten.

How many named food allergens are there that must be declared if they are used as an ingredient in a food product?

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There are 14 named food allergens that must be declared if they are contained in any food product.

Test Your Food Allergy Awareness
Want to learn how you can comply with the UK's allergen laws? Take a look at our Food Allergen Awareness Training.

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