This course is suitable for anyone who prepares, handles or serves food, and anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people.
On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
Approximately 1-2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
(EU) No 1169/2011 is a new directive from the European Union that came into force on the 13th December 2014. The legislation, EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR), is also referred to as Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC).
The legislation has significantly changed the way food businesses including manufacturers, retailers and caterers need to display food and beverage information in the EU, and represents a drive towards greater standardisation and clarity in food labelling.
In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in conjunction with DEFRA, have been tasked with introducing the new allergen labelling laws, as well as being responsible for enforcing non-compliance through local council Environmental Health Officers.
The regulations will affect all caterers and foodservice organisations, no matter how big or small, and will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, as well as changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in pre-packed foods.
So if you own, manage or work in a food related business (see below list for examples), you will be affected and need to ensure your operation is compliant with EU Food Information Regulation No. 1169/2011 (FIR) / Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIC).
Types of food business affected,
- Care Home Catering
- Coffee Shops
- College Catering
- Conference Facilities serving food
- Fast Food Outlets
- Gastro Pubs
- Hospital Catering
- Leisure Attractions e.g. Theme Parks
- Outdoor Event Catering
- Motorway Services
- Retail Outlets with Cafes
- School Catering
- University Catering
- Wine Bars
As well as other businesses that sell food items
Food allergy is a reaction by the body to food stimulus when the body tries to repel a specific food by making an antibody (lgE) to fight it. When the food is eaten or comes into contact with the skin, the body reacts by releasing histamine and other substances, resulting in an allergic reaction with varying symptoms.
Food intolerance (non-allergic hypersensitivity) is much more common than an allergic reaction. Symptoms are typically slower to show and may be delayed by many hours after eating the offending food. Intolerance to several foods or a group of foods is not uncommon, making it more difficult to identify the food responsible.
The symptoms caused by intolerance are much more variable and can include fatigue, bloating, irritable bowel, joint pains, rashes, nettle rash, eczema, migraine and various other symptoms.
Allergy is widespread in the UK. Millions of adults suffer from at least one allergy, with numbers continuing to rise. Each year the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5%, half of all affected being children.
Key facts include
- An estimated 21 million adults in the UK suffer from at least one allergy (Mintel, 2010)
- Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe, the most common chronic disease (EAACI, 2014)
- 6–8 % of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011)
- Up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock (EAACI, 2011)