CPL launches new food allergens e-learning course

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 The new course is BIIAB accredited
The new course is BIIAB accredited
CPL Online has developed a new e-learning course on food allergens.

The course, entitled Allergen Awareness, is designed to introduce learners to the rules and legislation around food labelling and catering in relation to food allergies and allergenic ingredients. 

It precedes the new EU legislation coming into effect on 13​December, which requires changes to the way food allergen information is communicated to customers in pubs, restaurants and foodservice operations.

The BIIAB accredited course is delivered in five units; ‘Allergies and their effect in the body’, ‘Rules and Legislation’, ‘Labelling’, ‘In the Restaurant’ and ‘Responsibilities’. 


Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to identify the 14 allergens (and products of them) that must be labelled as being present in foods, state the applicable law, know important definitions in relation to where food is sold and how it is packaged, define food allergy and allergic reactions in the body and list symptoms of allergic reactions.

Staff will also be able to outline the difference between food allergy and food intolerance, understand the key rules and legislation surrounding food labelling and catering, state which staff members are impacted by legislation; and, finally, identify the responsibilities of the operator and the consumer in relation to the provision of allergen information.

At the end of the course participants will be required to answer 30 questions, 70% of which must be correct to achieve a pass.

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David Dasher, CPL Online’s managing director said: “This course offers operators a quick and cost effective solution to ensure employees are compliant with all allergen related EU regulations. The course is not only comprehensive and compliant but is delivered using imaginative animation and technology that is engaging for the e-learner.”

British Institute of Innkeeping’s Gareth Phillips added: “The introduction of the EU Legislation relating to the food labelling and in particular allergens will have a far reaching impact on our industry.

"This BII accredited course created by CPL Online is a perfect solution for individuals in the industry wanting to get up to speed with the subject and for larger hospitality businesses to ensure their employees are compliant."

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Posted by david,

TWF; the production/delivery costs obviously depend upon the extent of the material, the method of delivery (face-to-face or distance learning such as e-learning), and other factors.

The cost to the student/customer can be reduced to zero if the product is such that attracts the support of sponsors.

So, the answer to your question is: sufficient to make a profit.

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Posted by david,

These days Graham, I worry more about whether a 5-iron will clear the water on the 4th, and whether I can reach the green with my driver on the 11th.

Course costs depend principally on the method of delivery (face-to-face or distance learning, e-learning) and whether sponsorship is involved.

Given the widespread lack of information relating to the food & drink allergen topic, CPL's e-learning offering would seem most welcome.

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Somewhat cheap

Posted by The way Forward,

Dave. What would you have charged for this training.?

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