Food Allergen Awareness Training Course

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  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 1-2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion
  • 100% online training

This Food Allergen Awareness online training course helps learners identify fourteen important food allergens. It describes the common signs of an allergic reaction. It also covers what people who work in a food business must do to protect people from harm due to allergens in food.

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The importance of Allergy Awareness training

In the UK around 2 million people have a food allergy and this number is rising by 5% every year.

All food business have a legal responsibility to ensure that the food they serve is safe for the consumer to eat. They must provide correct allergen information to their customers. All pre-packed food must be labelled and include a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised.

A food allergy can trigger a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. This can be fatal.

Food Allergen Awareness training informs learners of fourteen food allergens. It also describes the common signs of an allergic reaction and helps them to understand why foods containing allergens must be handled carefully. This information can save lives.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy. The body’s immune system overreacts and releases a flood of chemicals that can cause you to go into shock. This causes your blood pressure to drop suddenly and your airways to narrow, making it hard to breathe. Common food triggers include: nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and some fruits. Anaphylaxis requires medical treatment and can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Who is Food Allergen Awareness Training for?

This course contains information that is relevant to everyone who handles or prepares food, or who wants to learn about food allergies.

What are the learning outcomes for the Food Allergens course?

At the end of the course you will be able to describe:

  • What an allergy is and a range of things that people can be allergic to.
  • The differences between food allergy, food intolerance and Coeliac’s disease.
  • How many people have food allergies and how that is changing.
  • The main symptoms of food allergy, including anaphylaxis.
  • How to respond in an emergency.
  • The requirements of the Food Information Regulations 2014 and Natasha’s Law.
  • How to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

When do I get my Food Allergen Awareness certificate?

Food Allergen Awareness Certificate Example

When you have passed the online course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

Our courses conform to CPD guidelines and the CPD Certification Service accredit our courses.

This Food Allergen Awareness course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System. This means you can be sure the training is up-to-date and high quality.

Your certificate will include both logos, so you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Food Allergen Awareness course cover?

The online course contains the following 4 topics:

1 – Introduction to allergens

The first topic defines what an allergy is and describes what happens in your body when you are exposed to an allergen. It identifies the types of things people can be allergic to. You will learn about the difference between food allergy, food intolerance and Coeliac’s disease. The topic also covers the prevalence of food allergies.

2 – Consequences of food allergies

The second topic identifies common allergy symptoms. It also describes what you should do in the event of anaphylaxis.

3 – Providing Allergen Information to Consumers

The third topic outlines UK food information regulations and the penalties for failure to comply with these regulations. It identifies how you should present information about pre-packed and non-pre-packed food to consumers. The topic also identifies 14 key allergens that you must inform consumers about.

4 – How to avoid cross-contamination

The final topic describes management strategies to reduce the risk of cross-contamination of allergens. It identifies staff training requirements. The topic also emphasises the importance of good storage, equipment cleaning and personal hygiene.

Food Allergen Course Assessment

Once you have completed the four topics, you will be allowed to take the Food Allergen Awareness assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for both initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the online training course gives useful feedback so learners can learn from incorrect responses.

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