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Introduction to Allergens


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Course Overview

An Introduction to Allergens at a glance
Meets the entry requirements for Allergy UK’s Allergy Aware Scheme
Accredited by Allergy UK
Self-paced study hosted online
Compatible with desktop, laptop and tablet devices
Accessible with features including audio voiceover and transcript
PDF certificate available immediately on completion
Accredited by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s Awarding Organisation of the Year 2018
Approximate duration: 1 to 2 hours

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.

Course Overview
This food allergy awareness training course is designed to provide food handlers, or those with responsibility for managing food handlers, with an awareness around the controls and legal responsibilities when it comes to the 14 regulated 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 course is accredited by Allergy UK and meets all entry requirements for recognition on their Allergy Aware Scheme.

Why should I choose this course?
Our e-learning’s Introduction to Allergens training course is suitable for food handlers and managers working with food types. From production and manufacturing through to the sale and serving of food, the course will provide an awareness of best practice when it comes to allergens and their control.
It also meets the entry requirements for catering businesses looking to join the Allergy Aware Scheme run by Allergy UK.
Our courses simplify even the most complex of subjects through media and content-rich exercises that motivate and engage learners. Our Introduction to Allergens course is packed with:

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

This e-learning course is a Highfield Qualifications accredited programme. More information is available at
The course is also accredited by Allergy UK. Allergy UK is the leading national charity providing support, advice and information for those living with allergic disease. Allergy UK also runs the Allergy Aware Scheme, an opportunity for catering outlets to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding those with food allergies.
Entry requirements
There are no prerequisites to study this course.

Test and certification
The course is assessed by multiple-choice questions at the end of the course. Learners must score 100% in order to pass.
If the learner does not achieve 100% first time, they will be taken back to review the module with which they have struggled. They can then retry the multiple-choice questions as many times as necessary to pass the course.
Please note: this course does not provide a qualification itself but does meet mandatory training requirements. If you wish to achieve a recognised allergen qualification you must sit an exam with a recognised training provider (you can still use the e-learning as the knowledge element of the training).
You will receive an electronic copy of your certificate immediately on completion of the course.

Course Content

  • 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

Course Duration

2 - 3 hours


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