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  • This course covers food allergens in a restaurant food service environment. It will guide food…
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  • Food Allergy Training (Spanish)

    Food Allergy Training (Spanish)

    Este curso cubre los alérgenos alimentarios, ya que pertenecen a un ambiente de servicio de comida de restaurante. Guiará a los empleados del servicio alimenticio (del personal directivo de la gerencia y del personal de la casa) a comprender las mejores prácticas para atender a personas alérgicas y sensibles a los alimentos en un establecimiento de comidas de manera segura.

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    Este curso cubre los alérgenos alimentarios, ya que pertenecen a un ambiente de servicio de…
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  • This course covers food allergens in a restaurant food service environment. It will guide food…
    Course Type:
    Online Package
    Hours: 1
    $15.00
    QTY.
  • Este curso cubre los alérgenos alimentarios, ya que pertenecen a un ambiente de servicio de…
    Course Type:
    Online Package
    Hours: 1
    $15.00
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What is a Food Allergy?

A food allergy is an autoimmune response to a particular food that the body has identified as hazardous. Once the body detects an allergen, it creates antibodies in order to expel it from the system. So if you’re allergic to some food or ingredient, your immune system will release excessive amounts of histamines and other chemicals to repel it.

This reaction can cause a number of responses and can affect the skin, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system. The reactions are often unexpected and move quickly through the body. Common reactions include:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Swelling of the throat, lips and tongue
  • Hives and other breakouts
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

These symptoms can be mild to serious to life threatening, depending on the severity of the allergy. The reactions may take effect as quickly as 2 minutes to a couple of hours after consumption.

Maintaining Safety for Customers with Food Allergy and Intolerances

The main difference between a food allergy and food intolerance lies in the mechanisms involved.

A food allergy is an immune system reaction to the allergen foods. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life-threatening.

A food intolerance on the other hand does not involve the immune system but is a digestive issue. Food intolerance typically results in unfavorable symptoms, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, etc. after consumption of a certain food, but is generally not life-threatening.

Here are some ways you can maintain safety for customers who suffer from either of those things:

  • Educate servers about the ingredients used to prepare each dish on the menu and especially those that can cause allergic reactions.
  • Sanitize and clean tables, chairs, utensils and menus.
  • To prevent cross contamination, use separate utensils and dishes for allergen free food.
  • Tell front and back of house staff about customers who have food allergies. That way you can ensure that they do not get food that has ingredients they can react negatively to.