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Introduction to Allergens

This eLearning course has been designed to provide food handlers with awareness of the controls and legal responsibilities of the 14 regulated allergens.



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Course Description

What’s It About?

Food allergies and intolerances are at the top of many food businesses’ watch lists, and yet it seems the latest high-profile allergen cases are never far from news headlines.

It is important that anyone working in the food industry is aware of allergens and the steps that should be taken to effectively manage and control the risk of allergens.

Food businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure that the food they manufacture, produce, sell or serve is safe for the consumer to eat.

The Allergen Awareness eLearning course is accredited by Allergy UK and meets all entry requirements for recognition on their Allergy Aware Scheme.

Who’s It For?

This online Allergen Awareness eLearning course has been designed to provide food handlers, or those responsible for managing food handlers, with awareness of the controls and legal responsibilities of the 14 regulated allergens.

It is suitable for all food handlers and managers working within any type of food business. From production and manufacturing to the sale and serving of food, the course will provide an awareness of best practices for allergens and their control.

What Does It Cover?

  • Introduction to food allergens
  • Allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease
  • Symptoms of allergic reactions and how to respond
  • Allergens legislation
  • Food labelling requirements
  • The 14 regulated allergens
  • ‘Free from’ claims
  • Managing allergens from purchase to service
  • Providing allergen information to customers

How Long Does It Take?

This Allergen Awareness eLearning course will typically take 2 – 3 hours to complete. However, as this Allergen Awareness eLearning training is hosted online, candidates can complete each module at a pace to suit them.

Who Is It Accredited By?

This Allergen Awareness eLearning course is accredited by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading provider of regulated food safety qualifications.

In addition, Allergy UK also accredits this course. Allergy UK is the leading national charity providing support, advice and information for those living with allergic diseases. Allergy UK also runs the Allergy Aware Scheme, an opportunity for catering outlets to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding those with food allergies.

How Does It Work?

Our eLearning programmes are available on multiple platforms such as tablets, PCs, Macs and laptops. All you need is an Internet connection. Candidates log on to the Learner Management System and work their way through the course. Included in the course are scenarios that provide them with real-life context.

Our courses simplify even the most complex of subjects through media and content-rich exercises that motivate and engage candidates. The key elements of our eLearning courses are:

  • interactive exercises and gaming
  • media-rich content
  • interactive 3D scenarios
  • content provided by market-leading experts
  • relevant photography and illustrations
  • multi-generational content and style

How’s It Assessed?

This Allergen Awareness eLearning course is assessed by multiple-choice questions at the end of the course. Candidates must score 100% to pass.

If the candidate does not achieve 100% the first time, they will be taken back to review the module they have struggled with. They can then retry the multiple-choice questions as many times as necessary to pass the course.

They will receive an electronic copy of your certificate immediately upon completion of the course. This certificate may be printed and used as evidence that you have been trained in food safety and hygiene to the appropriate level.

Please Note

This online Allergen Awareness eLearning course alone does not provide a qualification. However, it does meet the UK’s mandatory training requirements for food handlers.

If you wish to achieve the recognised Level 2 Award in Food Allergen Awareness and Control qualification, you must sit an invigilated examination. This can be achieved by the Quality at Home service – please call us for further details.