“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” wrote Virginia Woolf. Our experiences surrounding food can determine what kind of day we have. For someone with a food allergy, dining out can be an anxiety inducing experience. One wrong move from a server or chef could trigger the body’s security system to go off. With just one bite, a good day could turn into a trip to the emergency room. The fact is, more than 50 million Americans have some type of an allergy, with symptoms varying from mild to severe. As a food manager, you must be concerned about the safety of the food you serve to each customer. At StateFoodSafety, our goal is to offer the best courses so that you can offer the best dining experience. That’s why we created the Food Allergens Essentials course.
This course is designed to help food workers and managers learn the essentials of serving those with food allergies, Celiac disease, and other food intolerances. Our Food Allergens Essentials course is audiovisual, animated, and available in English and Spanish. This 25-minute online training can be taken at your own pace and convenience. The course includes colorful animation to keep you engaged as you learn to identify major food allergens and where they are most commonly found. As you engage in roleplay activities, you will learn important food handling practices to keep customers with food allergies safe. You will see videos and hear about real experiences of people with food allergies. You will learn to identify allergic reactions and how to respond to such situations.
By the end of the course, you will know how to communicate effectively and honestly with customers who have food allergies. Food workers and managers who take this course will be better prepared to provide safe dining experiences. Let us “think well, love well, sleep well,” and above all—let us dine well.