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Allergen Awareness Training

Course aim:

This module offers a short introduction to the new ?Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC') that came into force on 13 December 2014 and the amendment that commences on 1st October 2021 referred to as Natasha’s Law

Course objectives:

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of foods that can cause allergic reactions
  • Describe the labelling requirements for pre-packaged foods
  • Explain the impact of Natasha's Law on the labelling requirements for PPDS foods
  • Give examples of ways in which information about allergenic ingredients of food can be provided to consumers on unpackaged foods
  • Explain the actions to take should someone show signs of having an allergic reaction.


This course will give you tips and ideas on how to make sure that your establishment complies with the new regulations and that your customers are able to make informed choices when selecting what food to safely eat.

Course content

  • Allergic Reactions to food including Anaphylaxis
  • What the law says and who it applies to
  • Types of food causing an allergic reaction or intolerance
  • Action to take if things go wrong
  • Coeliac disease and lactose intolerance
  • Labelling requirement for prepacked foods
  • Natasha’s Law - changes to prepacked direct sales food (PPDS) labels
  • Labelling requirement for unpackaged foods
  • How to raise customer awareness
  • Product specification case study
  • Avoiding cross contamination in large and micro food businesses