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New Food Allergen Courses for Your Compliance Program

Janiece Attal, Skillsoft Global ComplianceBy Janiece Attal

With the advent of new laws and regulations regarding food allergies, we at Skillsoft seek to provide the latest information in all our compliance elearning courses. Because each country has different laws, we develop separate courses using independent subject matter experts to provide the most accurate information possible.

New EU regulations now require 14 of the most common allergens to be cited and labeled (celery, cereal containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, mollusks, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soy and sulfur dioxide). [1] With these new regulations, enforcement officials can ask workers where to find allergy information, and it must be made clear and available. Currently, enforcement officers are being trained in the new regulations, which will take effect in December.  Now is the time to begin your training.

The U.S. Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) to make it easier for consumers with food allergies and their caregivers to identify and avoid food that contain major food allergens.  The FALCPA identified the “big 8” major food allergens.  The “big 8” allergens are wheat, crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp), eggs, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), peanuts, milk, tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans) and soybeans.[2]

Although there are more than 160 foods that have been identified to cause food allergies in sensitive persons, the “big 8” allergens identified by FALCPA account for over 90 percent of all documented food allergies in the U.S. and represent the foods most likely to result in severe or life-threatening reactions.[2]

In the U.S., it is estimated that annually food allergies result in 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths.[2]  The Skillsoft U.S. Food Allergen Safety program provides a basic understanding of food allergies, signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, methods to prevent foodborne illness from allergens and different forms of the “big 8” allergens.

Click here to learn more about our EU course. Our U.S. compliance training course is coming soon!

Janiece Attal is a Product Manager, Food Services at Skillsoft.

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