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Food allergens


In Australia allergies are very common. People can be allergic to a range of different substances such as pets, pollens, grasses, insects or food.

As a food handler it is important that you have an understanding of food allergies and food intolerances.

When you complete this topic you will be able to:


  • the difference between food allergies and food intolerances
  • symptoms of allergic reactions
  • symptoms of food intolerances
  • food handler responsibilities for customers with food allergies or intolerances
  • what a food recall is.


  • the serious outcomes of an allergic reaction
  • some of the more common foods that cause allergic reactions
  • what you must do when there is a food recall.

There are 4 subject areas in this topic to complete. It includes practice questions to help you test your knowledge before the assessment.

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