100% Online Food Allergen Training

Every food handler and food manager should complete a food allergen training course to prevent allergic food reactions at work. Learn about common food allergies and earn your food allergen certificate online. Take the Food Allergens Essentials course or a locally accepted program on any device to complete Virginia basic food allergen awareness training.

Learn crucial food allergen information like:

  • The major allergens responsible for 90% of food allergy-related hospitalizations
  • Effective ways to communicate food allergen ingredients and special orders
  • Cross-contact risks and methods to prevent food allergen cross-contact
  • Symptoms of allergic reactions to food
  • What to do in case of an allergic reaction in the workplace

Our courses are available 24/7 wherever you are. Train at your own pace and print your certificate as soon as you finish.

Food Allergen

Why Is it Important to Know About Food Allergies?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 2% of adults and up to 8% of children have a food allergy. Allergic reactions to food are responsible for as many as 30,000 visits to the emergency room and 150 deaths each year. Complete a food allergens training course and prepare yourself to protect patrons with food allergies and food sensitivities.

You’ll learn about major food allergens as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and standards for preventing and treating allergic reactions to foods. The course explains how to minimize contact contamination, clearly communicate allergen information and protect the people in your community from common food allergens.


What is food allergens training?

A food allergens training course teaches food handlers and food managers basic information about food allergies and food sensitivities that can help save lives. It explains the most common types of food allergens, including milk, eggs, wheat, fish, shellfish and more.

StateFoodSafety’s courses provide basic food allergen training for food handlers, food managers and food workers of all kinds. Lessons educate you on the possibility of cross-contact and explain how to use uncontaminated ingredients with properly sanitized tools. You will learn how to communicate allergen hazards, respond to allergic reactions and more.

Who would benefit from Virginia food allergen training?

If you handle, process, serve, sell or give away food for human consumption, you should take a food allergen safety training course. From dishwashers and waiters to head chefs and food managers, all food workers should be aware of food allergens, cross-contact contamination, the use of epinephrine and other important food allergy principles.

What do I get at the end of Virginia food allergen training?

When you complete all course material and pass the final exam, you can immediately download and print your food allergen certificate. Your certificate will include the logo of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) if you complete an ANAB-accredited program.

How long do I have access to food allergy awareness training?

Once you purchase the course, you have full access to all course materials for one year. That means you can rewatch lesson videos, refresh your knowledge and reprint your certificate at any time for 12 full months.

How long is my Virginia food allergen certificate valid?

The term of your certificate will vary depending on your location.

  • Chesapeake, Virginia Food Allergens Essentials training does not expire
  • City of Franklin (Western Tidewater District) training is valid for two years
  • City of Portsmouth training does not expire
  • City of Suffolk (Western Tidewater District) training is valid for two years
  • Isle of Wight County (Western Tidewater District) training is valid for two years
  • Southampton County (Western Tidewater District) training is valid for two years
  • Certificates for all other counties are valid for two years

Local requirements may differ. Contact your employer, local health department or other applicable government agency for more information.

Where can I learn more about food allergens?

The FDA provides helpful general information about food allergies, the laws governing food allergen labeling and what to do in case of allergic food reactions.

To protect school-age children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer resources for managing food allergies at school. Their toolkit is valuable for school food workers, parents and other adults responsible for children in a school setting.

For even more information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains a large library of resources on food allergy, celiac disease and lactose intolerance that you can consult. You can also review the FASTER Act of 2021 to learn about federal legislation designed to protect people with food allergies.

What is a food allergen certificate?

Your food allergen training certificate verifies that you have completed a food allergen training course. It shows that you understand the basics of food allergens. You know what can cause an allergic reaction, how to prevent contact contamination and how to react in case of a food allergy reaction in the workplace.

Some states, counties or employers may have additional requirements or special instructions for earning your food allergen certificate. Check with your local authority to find out if you need to take additional steps to complete your training.