In recognition of Food Allergy Awareness Week, which runs from May 13-19, we’ve chosen Food Allergy as our Module of the Month.
According to the Food Standard’s Agency, over 2 million people in the UK are living with a food allergy, and the awareness week is designed to shine a light on the impact an allergy can have on their life.
A diagnosable medical condition, a food allergy occurs when exposure to certain food groups triggers a harmful immune response (allergic reaction) with the individual’s immune system attacking proteins in the food that are normally harmless.
Affecting different parts of the body at the same time, symptoms of a food allergy are often mild in nature, such as an itchy mouth or a break out of hives, but they can also be severe for example, increased difficulty breathing.
So, what kinds of foods can people be allergic to?
Well, over 170 different types of food are known to cause allergic reactions, with milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy and fish the most common causes in both adults and children. However, it’s still unknown why people develop these allergies in the first place.
As part of our Food Safety range, MicroLearn’s Food Allergy module highlights the difference between an allergy and an intolerance, explains what to do if someone suffers an allergic reaction and explores the legal requirements involved in correctly labelling food for distribution.
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P.S. Did you know MicroLearn has just released a brand-new Safeguarding range designed to help protect both children and vulnerable adults from harm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more