Allergen Awareness Training

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Food Allergy Training Online Course

Always Food Safe Allergen Awareness training provides in depth knowledge and training so that you can keep your customers safe.

Select your state and county from the drop-down menu above to get more information or to start on course enrollment.

ANSI Accredited Allergen Awareness Certificate

Always Food Safe uses video-based learning to give managers in-depth knowledge of food safety and help them run a safer restaurant.

  • Online, video-based format
  • Prices range depending on state with no supporting materials to purchase
  • The course takes around 1 hour to complete
  • Course available in English and Spanish
  • Available for all 50 states

For more details, view our course guidelines.

Who Needs Allergen Awareness Training?

Regulations differ by state, and by selecting your state from the drop-down box above it will break down exact regulations for your state/county.

However, everyone who works within the food industry has a legal and moral obligation to have a basic knowledge of food allergies, and this is why this course is highly recommended to everyone within the industry.

What States Require Food Allergen Certification

Each passing year sees more states bring in legislation that makes allergen training a legal requirement. Currently, 5 states and 1 county require allergen training, including:

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • Montgomery County, Maryland

If your state currently does not have any legal requirement, under federal law, FDA Food Code 2013, you still have a legal responsibility to serve food that is safe and do everything possible to protect the consumer. Protecting an allergy sufferer falls within this Food Code.

We strongly recommended that anyone who works within the food industry completes an allergen training course.

Remember a basic mistake could result in a severe allergic reaction and health risks.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how individuals can take personal responsibility to help protect an allergy sufferer from a food allergy-related incident
  • Identify the 8 major allergens, hidden allergens, and the importance of clear labeling
  • State the importance of keeping work areas clean and hygienic and the role of personal hygiene
  • Define the steps required to keep allergenic free food safe from cross-contact

Course Contents

This course gives you the knowledge to protect your customers from allergens, covering areas such as common food allergies, risks of cross-contamination, and proper storage techniques. It is broken down into 6 chapters:

Chapter 1: Allergens and the Law

What are the laws surrounding allergens and allergen training?

Chapter 2: Introduction to Allergens

Get introduced to what allergens actually are and how they could affect your customers if exposed.

Chapter 3: The 8 Named Allergens

Learn about the 8 most common allergens.

Chapter 4: Recipe Creation to Storage

How to create recipes and store food to prevent allergen contamination. 

Chapter 5: Preparation Through to Service

Prevent a customer's food from coming into contact with an allergen while preparing and serving. 

Chapter 6: Cleaning & Personal Hygiene

Keep everything clean to prevent cross-contamination.

Get a more in-depth look at our course contents

Learn more about Always Food Safe Allergen Awareness training.

Why is food allergen training important?

Over 15 million Americans now have a food-based allergy and the number is growing.

Frighteningly, over 150 people a year die from a food allergy, and as an industry, we all have a moral and legal duty to protect the customers we serve.

Food Allergens are a serious and growing threat you need to be aware of. Simply put, a basic mistake could cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.

This course is designed to provide managers, food handlers, and servers with an understanding of food allergens, where it can go wrong, and how you can help to minimize the risks to a sufferer, day in, day out.

Is Always Food Safe's Allergen training similar to ServSafe or other allergen awareness certificates?

Yes, it is!

Servsafe, similar to ourselves, is one of the training providers that have achieved ANSI Accreditation status. There are several other training providers who have also attained ANSI accreditation.

This means that you can be assured that all ANSI accredited companies have gone through a rigorous checking process to ensure they meet the standards required.

This is an intensive, 12-month process, and the few training providers that are awarded ANSI accreditation can justifiably be proud of gaining this prestigious recognition!

All these other training providers meet the required standards for accrediting courses. The course content is basically the same, although chapter headings and the order of the chapters may vary. However, all training materials must be in-line with current government guidelines (FDA Food Code 2017).

When will I need to renew my certificate of Allergen Awareness training?

Again, different states, counties, and cities have different rules on how often they expect you to refresh your Allergen Awareness learning. As a recommended guide, Allergen Awareness training needs to be re-taken/refreshed every 3 years (Illinois is a mandatory 3-year renewal). We do suggest you check with your local health authority.

How can I get a copy of my Allergen Awareness Certificate?

You will be able to download your certificate as a PDF document when you pass the test. You can then print or save to your computer. The certificate is held on the system and you can log back in and download at any time.