gluten-free allergy awareness

“You can die from a food allergy, everything else is just an intolerance” … this is a (completely false) comment I recently overheard amongst my students following a debate about whether it is trendy to be allergic to certain foods.

Yes, an allergic reaction can kill you – but you don’t have to die to have an allergy.  An allergic reaction can cause severe illness, anaphylactic shock, difficulty in breathing and many other serious consequences which can last for days.

There are clearly still a lot of myths and confusion over intolerances, allergies and coeliac disease.

Yes, it will probably happen that a customer may use the wrong term and describe what we in the catering industry know to be an intolerance, as an allergy. But when the stakes are life and death, you can’t take any chances.

If a customer says they have a food allergy, everyone in the catering business has a responsibility to protect them from eating the triggering allergen.

Education for all members of staff about the 14 major allergens, what foods contain them, risk of cross-contamination and procedures to prevent contamination are key.

That’s why I have developed a short quiz about recognising Food Allergens and best practice Food Allergen Management. You can download the quiz (and answer sheet) completely free from the Resources section.

If you identify a need for further training, I offer the Level 2 Food Allergen Awareness and Level 3 Allergen Management Courses, both accredited by Allergy UK.

I also offer a consultancy service, and I can help you to establish robust allergy matrices and processes for ordering, storing and preparing food allergens and helping all of your staff be allergy aware.

 

There are a number of Allergy Awareness Campaigns which you can also incorporate into your team meetings, to help raise awareness and start the conversation.

29thApril – 3rdMay            Allergy Awareness Week 2019

6thMay – 12thMay              Anaphylaxis Awareness Week 2019

13th– 19thMay                     Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2019

Or why not go a step further and join the Allergy Aware Scheme, giving both customers and Environmental Health Officers confidence that your business is doing everything it can to protect those with food allergies.

What Our Customers Say About Us

Your passion for the subject and knowledge you imparted to my team will no doubt make a huge difference as they go about passing this on to our franchisees and their team members in our stores. My team spoke very highly of their time with you and I can see the confidence boost your course has given them in this critical area of expertise

Laura Carter

GH Training Solutions
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2018-07-02T14:55:54+00:00

Laura Carter

Your passion for the subject and knowledge you imparted to my team will no doubt make a huge difference as they go about passing this on to our franchisees and their team members in our stores. My team spoke very highly of their time with you and I can see the confidence boost your course has given them in this critical area of expertise
As an experienced trainer myself, I recognise and recommend the quality of Ghislaine's training and style of delivery, particularly the way she met the individual needs of everyone on the course and made sure that we were fully engaged and able to share our own knowledge in a supportive and positive environment.

Rod Carver - Level 3 Food Safety Attendee

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2019-02-01T12:23:29+00:00

Rod Carver - Level 3 Food Safety Attendee

As an experienced trainer myself, I recognise and recommend the quality of Ghislaine's training and style of delivery, particularly the way she met the individual needs of everyone on the course and made sure that we were fully engaged and able to share our own knowledge in a supportive and positive environment.
At Southern Co-op, we have worked with Ghislaine (GH Training Solutions) for several years and have continued to be impressed by her professionalism. Ghislaine communicates well, from the initial joining instructions right through to the course results, which have always been excellent. Our colleagues talk favourably about Ghislaine's teaching methods and how much they enjoy her courses which take place in a pleasant, relaxed environment.

Linda Masterman
Academy Training Manager
Southern Coop

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2019-04-01T18:05:56+00:00

Linda Masterman
Academy Training Manager
Southern Coop

At Southern Co-op, we have worked with Ghislaine (GH Training Solutions) for several years and have continued to be impressed by her professionalism. Ghislaine communicates well, from the initial joining instructions right through to the course results, which have always been excellent. Our colleagues talk favourably about Ghislaine's teaching methods and how much they enjoy her courses which take place in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
FB-AVAK have used GH Training Solutions several times in the past year, and have always found the courses to be interesting and informative. Ghislaine has a way of making courses fun, even when the subject matter (Health & Safety) can occasionally be a bit dry.

I would highly recommend GH Training Solutions for any business looking for staff training.

Phillip Harben

GH Training Solutions
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2018-07-02T15:01:47+00:00

Phillip Harben

FB-AVAK have used GH Training Solutions several times in the past year, and have always found the courses to be interesting and informative. Ghislaine has a way of making courses fun, even when the subject matter (Health & Safety) can occasionally be a bit dry.
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