New course to help delis comply with FSA allergen rules
A qualification has been set up to help foodservice staff working behind deli counters and cafés comply with legislation from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen and Control in Catering (RQF) aims to give employees knowledge of ingredients and allergies at all stages of food purchase and production.
It will also help employees understand the process for ensuring accurate ingredient information is available for customers at point of sale and service.
The FSA legislation (first introduced in 2014) enforces businesses – such as cafés, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich shops – to provide allergy information on any food sold unpackaged.
However, awarding body for compliance Highfield Qualifications decided to start the course after figures released by the FSA last year revealed that 23,000 businesses had received warnings for failure to comply with food standards. Many believed confusion around the new rules to be responsible.
“The figures from the FSA show that many businesses are needlessly putting themselves at risk of prosecution and reputational damage,” said managing director Chris Sprenger. “Even without the legislation, the issue of allergens would still be important as around 8% of children and 4% of adults have a food allergy of some description.”
The awarding body added that the qualification can be completed in five hours, and costs just £8 per learner registration.