Allergy Awareness and Special Diets


Allergy Awareness and Special Diets               


It is reported that around half a million people in the U.K. currently suffer from a severe, life threatening, food allergy. The prevalence of food allergy is at its highest amongst children, around 1 in 17, according to the U.K Charity “The Anaphlaxis Campaign”.

Around 1 in 100 of our population suffers from Coeliac disease and cannot eat foods containing gluten, although it is estimated that this figure may rise to 1 in 10.

So it is vitally important that all those people who provide catering for others, whether in commercial or voluntary catering services, schools and particularly in a care settings are aware of the needs of those customers with special diets.


Available courses:

Allergy awareness and Special Diets – 1/2 day course used as an introduction suitable for both food preparation and service staff. This course covers:

  • The reasons why people may have special diets
  • Health related special diets
  • Dietary restrictions of different faiths
  • The difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy
  • The most common food allergens
  • The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food
  • Why food handlers need to be aware of allergens
  • The best approach to customers with special diets
  • Current legislation relating to food allergens
  • The measures we can take to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to food

The course can be tailored to include analysis of your own menus and processes.




We are delighted to be working with Coeliac UK as the training provider for:

Gluten Free Food – Preparing and Delivering Safe Choices – ½ Day, suitable for chefs, cooks and catering managers


Gluten Free Food – What do Coeliac Customers Need? – 2 Hours suitable for all catering assistants and those involved with food service