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Course overview

In this online Food Allergen Awareness Training you will delve into the regulations set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). You’ll become skilled at identifying the 14 recognised food allergens, understand the differences between food intolerances and allergies and the importance of handling allergenic foods with care. It will also equip you with knowledge on how to react in emergency situations, introduce you to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and offer guidance on food storage and cleaning practices.

We recommend pairing this course with one of our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety courses. Our Level 2 courses offer a broad understanding of safe food handling and preparation. Together both courses provide a holistic view of food safety, ensuring you adhere to relevant food safety standards and prioritise the wellbeing of your customers.

We also offer a discounted online Training Bundle for Food Handlers that consists of our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering and this course. The training bundle provides exceptional value for anybody in a food handling role. If you have a specific training need and would like a custom bundle of courses, please contact our customer services team.

This course is designed for anyone in a food-related business, it’s especially beneficial for those involved in preparing, handling, selling or serving food products.

  • Developed by food hygiene and safety professionals
  • Updated with the latest food allergen legislation such as Natasha’s Law and PPDS labelling requirements
  • Assured by RoSPA and accredited by The CPD Group
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Fully online and instant access 24/7
  • Use any device with internet access
  • Stop and restart at any point
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Free retakes if needed
  • Manage and track your course progress if you coordinate team training

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Number of courses: Price per course (excl VAT)
1 to 9 £15.00
10 to 19£13.50
20 to 49£12.75
50 to 74£12.00
75 to 99£11.25

Volume discount applied at checkout

What you will learn

In this online Food Allergen Awareness Training, you will gain an understanding of food allergens and how to deal with them in a food business. 

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Grasp the significance of food allergen awareness.
  • Differentiate between various types of food allergies.
  • Recognise the diverse reactions to allergens.
  • Comprehend the duties of a food handler.
  • Appreciate the legal framework concerning food safety and allergies.
  • Interpret food labels accurately.
  • Understand the essential components of a food label.
  • Appreciate the importance of preventing cross-contamination.
  • Implement effective cleaning strategies to avoid cross-contamination from allergens.


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1. Introduction
This introductory module highlights the importance of understanding food allergens and is supplemented with real-life examples of food safety lapses linked to allergies. It differentiates between food intolerances and food allergies and provides guidance on managing anaphylaxis. This module also identifies the 14 recognised food allergens and offers strategies for handling emergency situations.
2. Food Allergens and The Law
This module outlines the laws relevant to food allergens, which aim to protect both staff and customers. It also delves into different types of food products and the food labels associated with them.

By the end of this module, you will be able to accurately interpret a food label and understand the laws related to food allergens.

3. Cleaning and Reducing Cross-Contamination
This module will provide you with comprehensive information on ensuring a food area is safe when handling food allergens. You will consider HACCP systems and become familiar with various food storage solutions and practices. Additionally, you will learn about cleaning practices designed to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination with allergens.

Who is this course for?

  • Café and restaurant staff
  • Staff that work in hospitals, care homes and schools
  • Pubs, bars and hotel staff
  • Staff who work in workplace kitchens
  • Staff who work in fast-food outlets and takeaways
  • Charity and volunteers working with food
  • Mobile food van and food stall staff
  • Online food retailers
  • Bakers, butchers and grocers
  • Early years practitioners
  • Childminders and nannies
  • Small scale home-based food service businesses
  • Food production workers


This online Food Allergen Awareness Training is assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in food hygiene best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 3 years as food hygiene and safety guidance does change. You should update your food hygiene and safety knowledge and skills regularly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is food allergen training important?
It’s essential that food handlers comply with the law and fully understand the risks associated with food allergies and how to apply due diligence to minimise them. Food allergies can have extremely serious consequences for both individuals who consume foods containing allergens and the businesses serving them.

The introduction of ‘Natasha’s Law’ (the Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019) emphasises the importance of allergen management. These regulations, named after Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a teenager who tragically died from an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed meal, came into effect on 1 October 2021. They require businesses producing food products to provide comprehensive ingredient lists with allergen labelling on Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) foods on their premises. According to the new rules, the name of the food and all ingredients with allergenic components should be specifically highlighted using bold, italics or different colours.

Receiving food allergy training not only ensures compliance with these legal requirements, helping businesses avoid penalties and maintain their reputation but also has the potential to save lives by enabling staff to confidently address customer enquiries about allergens and provide accurate information. Furthermore, the training empowers staff in food-related businesses across all sectors to become aware of potential triggers for allergic reactions, learn how to keep customers safe and understand suitable alternative food options. It also equips food handlers with the knowledge and skills to prevent cross-contamination, a significant risk for individuals with food allergies.

In summary, food allergy training is crucial for ensuring the safety, well-being and satisfaction of customers with food allergies, complying with regulations and safeguarding the reputation and success of the food business.

Who needs food allergen awareness training?
Anyone in a role that involves handling or coming into contact with food should undergo food allergen awareness training. This includes business owners, food service managers, supervisors and temporary staff. This includes food-handling roles in schools, caregiving professions and restaurants.
Is food allergen awareness training a legal requirement?
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance indicates that food businesses should ensure their staff are taught about food allergens and manage allergens correctly. The FSA provides advice and technical guidance to help food handlers meet their legal requirements.

While food businesses can verbally provide allergen information to customers, the FSA recommends that this information also be available in writing to guarantee its accuracy and consistency. Customers should be responsible for informing the food establishment about their allergies or intolerances.

Can I assess my understanding of food allergens management before I start the Food Allergen Awareness Training?
Yes, you can take our food allergy quiz. It is an excellent tool to test and reinforce your understanding of key concepts related to food allergies.

How it works

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