Food allergens are an important component of food safety training. Over 15 million Americans have some sort of food allergy, with reactions ranging from mild to deadly. Allergen Awareness training teaches you how to prevent cross-contact with food allergens, as well as what to do if someone has an allergic reaction in your restaurant.
Allergen training is starting to become a requirement in more and more places, but how do you become certified?
Here is what to expect when getting your allergen certification.
Which states require food allergen training?
First off, which states have made food allergen training a legal requirement?
Currently, there are 5 states and 1 county that require allergen training, along with some other local jurisdictions, and this number is only growing. These states and counties include:
- Rhode Island
- Montgomery County, Maryland
However, if you are not in one of these states or counties, you should still consider taking allergen training, as being aware and knowledgeable about food allergies and how to safely prepare allergen free food could help prevent an allergic reaction.
Complete an Allergen Awareness Course
Either you or your employer will purchase an allergen awareness course for you to go through and complete before the exam. Training programs should be accredited by ANSI in order to be accepted by your local health department.
Pass Your Exam
Once you complete your allergen training, it’s time to take your exam. Go over any materials you may need to pass and get certified.
Get Your Certificate
After you get your exam score back and you’ve passed, you will be allergen certified and will receive a certificate. You certificate shows that you have completed food allergen training, and your local health department can verify.
How long is the certification good for?
Allergen certificates are good for 3 years. After 3 years, you will need to be re-tested to brush up on your allergen prevention knowledge.
Ready to get certified? Sign up for Always Food Safe’s Allergen Awareness Training to get started today.