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Food Allergy Awareness Training
Food Allergy Awareness Training Course
Food Allergy Awareness Training Course

This Food Allergy Awareness Training course is designed to help learners identify the fourteen particular food allergens which, by law, must be recognised. Learners will also understand why foods containing allergens must be handled carefully.

The course is aimed at food handlers and anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, Food handling, serving food, food storage, food production, processing food, owner of a catering / hospitality business, and/or the management food handlers.

  • Meet EU/UK food handlers training requirements
  • Aimed at people working in catering or hospitality
  • Suitable for anyone who works with or handles food
  • Online access to course and assessments
  • Training quick, easy and at your own pace
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

Food Allergy Awareness Course Overview

Anyone who has a food allergy, can suffer from different physical reactions when they are exposed to certain allergens, the severity of these reactions can vary depends on the individual and the severity of their allergy. For some people exposure to very small amount of some allergens can cause severe physical reactions and including faintness, breathing difficulties or if untreated could lead to anaphylactic shock which can be fatal. To prevent this, extra care must be taken when handling food to avoid allergen cross-contamination of foods.

Currently, there are no known cures for food allergies and intolerances, which means some consumers have to avoid certain foods and ingredients at all costs to prevent reactions. These reactions can prove life-threatening. Some allergy sufferers may carry epipens in case of an adverse reaction - if food business workers know how to use these they could potenially save someones life in the event of an emergency.


The most important piece of legislation currently in force when it comes to allergens in food is the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014. This is an EU ruling designed to help make sure that people who suffer from allergies can quickly, easily and reliably determine which foods are safe or not safe for them to eat.

The primary requirement for the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 is that items containing any of the 14 primary allergens must be clearly labelled on pre-packaged food so that consumers know what they are purchasing.

The primary requirement for the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 is that items containing any of the 14 primary allergens must be clearly labelled on pre-packaged food so that consumers know what they are purchasing. 

All food handlers have a legal duty-of-care to take all precaution to ensure that the food they produce, sell and served is safe for the customer to consume. It is therefore vital that food handlers undergo food allergy training so they are aware of any potential triggers for allergic reactions.

This course will teach learners how to keep customers as safe as possible, and the importance of having an understanding of what the safest food to offer allergy sufferers is. 

Food Allergy Online Training

This Food Allergy Online Training Course by Virtual College includes clear information and guidance to help learners identify and understand the main food allergens. This course also explains the importance of handling food containing allergens carefully in order to keep customers safe.

The course lesson plan for this course is as follows:

  • Introduction to food allergy awareness
  • What is a food allergy?
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Practical processes
  • Understand and work towards regulation compliance
  • How to avoid cross contamination
  • Allergen risks and their responsibilities

The 14 allergens that must be labelled or indicated as being present in foods are:

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
  • Mustard
  • Nuts - including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

Who is this course for?

This Training course is for anyone who owns, manages or works in a food-related business as they need to make sure their operations are compliant with EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No.1169/2011 / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC) and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 78 / 2014 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 1169 / 2011.

The Food Allergy Awareness Training Course is therefore suitable for food handlers, as well as those with a role that involves contact with food, or managing workers who do.

Why take this course?

By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Understand what both a food allergy and intolerance are
  • Learn to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  • Know which ingredients could cause allergies
  • Understand what allergy information is required on pre-packed food labels
  • Understand what to consider to keep consumers safe
  • Know how to provide allergen information specific to their food business

Course accreditation

The content of the Food Allergy Awareness Training Course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Test and certification

At the end of the course, learners will be required to answer 15 multiple choice questions to assess their understanding of food allergy awareness facts. A 75 per cent pass mark is needed and there'll be three attempts to achieve this at no extra cost. If more than three are required, you will need to contact the Virtual College team to arrange an additional try.

When the 75 per cent pass mark has been achieved, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College allergy awareness certificate for their records.

Course duration

The Food Allergy Awareness Training Course should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on how quickly each individual learns and absorbs the study material.

As the course is self-paced and progress is recorded throughout, learners can complete the training in stages.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is my certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long a certificate is valid for. It is generally industry recognised that food allergen certificates are renewed every three years. However, some employers may require you to renew your certification every year.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (65)

Food Allergy Awareness Training
2 days ago
I think it should be sent in the post and I’ve just printed off
– Customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
14 days ago
A good course
– Joyce Shorley
Food Allergy Awareness Training
18 days ago
Interesting.easy to follow. Not too long
– Anne aitken
Food Allergy Awareness Training
18 days ago
Very good value and comprehensive content. Money well spent.
Food Allergy Awareness Training
18 days ago
Easy to follow.
– Karen
Food Allergy Awareness Training
20 days ago
Use it again
– Melanie Simons
Food Allergy Awareness Training
21 days ago
Enjoyed the course, able to complete at my own pace.
– PB
Food Allergy Awareness Training
one month ago
Brilliant value for money and very informative
– Customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
one month ago
Perfect for all learning
– Customer
Food Allergy Awareness Training
2 months ago
Best informative course
– Joey Lazarus
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