Food Allergy Training
Online Food Allergen course, providing a clear understand for food service staff of the risks and their responsibilities.
DURATION | 25 minutes
Food Allergy Training | Around 1.5 million people suffer from food allergies in the UK. That is equivalent to 2% of the adult population and between 5-8% of children. Food allergy is a big issue and all food handling businesses should provide staff with an awareness of the risks.
This food allergy training course is designed to provide an understanding of the risks consumers face, how to prevent allergic reactions in your workplace and what to do should an allergic reaction occur.
- Types of food intolerance
- Safe food preparation
- Safe allergen management practices
- Emergency procedures should a reaction occur
Food Allergy Training content
Introduction to Food Allergies
UNIT 1 | Food Intolerance
Food reactions are common, but most are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy. In this unit we will compare and contrast intolerance and an allergic reaction.
UNIT 2 | Safe Food Service
Avoiding allergy-causing items is the only way to avoid an allergic reaction. A food-allergic customer will not have the opportunity to know about the ingredients used in selected menu items. Therefore, the customer relies on the food service staff to provide safe foods. It is crucial to have a service staff that is educated on the ingredients used in their meals.
UNIT 3 | Food Preparation
We look at how to prepare food safely and look at “cross contact”, a term many of you may not be familiar with.
UNIT 4 | Emergency Procedures
If a customer becomes ill as a result of a food allergy, it is likely that that person or a someone with them will state that he or she is suffering from an allergic reaction. They may use the word anaphylaxis. The question is – what should you do? We will answer that, and more, during this module
Food Allergy training is ideal for all food handlers employees, managers and employers in the food service industry.
At the end of the Food Allergy course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz. If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.
If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.
Food allergy or food intolerance?
In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening. By contrast, food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and are limited to digestive problems.
If you have a food allergy, even a tiny amount of the offending food can cause an immediate and severe reaction. Food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t involve an immune system reaction. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble.
By completing this online course you will gain an understanding of these issues to help you better protect your customers.
What is an Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions to food make the body’s immune system react as if the body is under attack. Food allergies can range from mild to causing death. An allergic reaction can occur within minutes of eating a small amount of the item of food.
Time is of the essence and it is vitally important that you know what to do if an allergic reaction occurs. The aim of the course is to ensure you are capable of doing so.
Allergen Legislation Basics
You need to tell your customers if any food products you sell or provide contain any of the main 14 allergens.
- | celery
- | cereals containing gluten
- | crustaceans
- | eggs
- | fish
- | lupin
- | milk
- | molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
- | mustard
- | tree nuts – including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
- | peanuts
- | sesame seeds
- | soybeans
- | sulphur dioxide and sulphites
See UK Food Standards guidance on allergies food here
See EU legislation (which guidance is based on) here
Benefits of the online Food Allergy Awareness
- Accelerated Learning – approx 25 minutes
- Complies with EU Directive 1169/2011
- Complies with UK legislation
- Certificate emailed on completion