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17th May 2023

Food Standards Scotland launches allergen training tool

Written by: Edward Waddell
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new online allergen training tool to support food businesses and give their staff a better understanding of food hypersensitivities.

The Advanced Online Allergen Training will also help businesses get to grips with the legal requirements for providing ingredient and allergen information to consumers. The tool has been adapted for use by FSS and is made up of five separate video sections:

  • Food allergies explained
  • Rules and regulations
  • Providing allergen information
  • Allergen management
  • Responsibility as a food business

Abigail Purkis, enforcement delivery project manager with FSS, said: “The training is interactive and easily-digestible with a presenter that takes the user through each section in video format, and can be paused and resumed at any time. Due to the severity of the risks associated with food allergies, non-compliance with allergen management can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences.

“It is therefore extremely important that food businesses and their staff understand how to manage allergens within their business. This training tool can help businesses to achieve this, ensuring they are providing a safe environment for their customers in terms of food allergies and intolerances.”

The tool is free to use and can be completed in around two hours. Once all sections have been completed, the user will receive a validated Certificate of Achievement by FSS, provided they achieve a pass mark of 80% or higher in the final quiz, which can be added to their training records.

To access to allergen training tool, visit here.