Train4Academy launches allergen training package

Hospitality e-learning specialist Train4Academy has launched a training module to prepare food handling staff for the new allergen laws.

Train4Academy logoOffered as part of the Train4Food Food Hygiene programme, the new module enables hospitality and foodservice employees to understand their new responsibilities under the Food Information Regulations 2011. Companies have until December 13, 2014 to comply with the new legislation.

As well requiring operators to provide customers with information on 14 common allergens contained in food served on request, the regulations also oblige them to train all staff, including kitchen and front-of-house, to understand the hazards posed by allergens and the possible consequences to customers with allergies.

The new Train4Food Allergen Awareness e-learning module allows staff to study the relevant information online and then answer multiple choice questions in order to demonstrate their understanding.

Janet Bridgewater, director of Train4Academy, says: “There’s inevitably been a great deal of focus on the start date of December 13, when the new legislation comes into force, in terms of asking ‘will the industry be ready?’.

“What’s far more important is that operators recognise this is an ongoing obligation for all food businesses. Whether or not all staff are fully up to speed by day one, allergen awareness needs to be permanently embedded into the business in terms of training and good practice in order to comply with the law.”

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