Food Allergy Week 26 May – 1 June 2019
Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially life-threatening food allergies. Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia is calling on all Australians to unite for one week and for individuals to Be Aware. Show You Care.
School canteens can make food selection from the canteen a safer and positive experience for students and staff with food allergy.
To enter simply complete the Food Allergy Week Canteen Competition form telling us what food allergy awareness strategies have been implemented in the canteen and the broader school environment. There are some great prizes up for grabs!
For support materials and more information see Food Allergy Aware.
Food Allergen Management Guide for School Canteens (2018)
When preparing food, it is essential to consider food allergy.
School canteens can make food selection from the canteen a safer, positive experience for students with food allergy. There are several things that can be put in place to make sure students with food allergy are able to purchase appropriate food from the school canteen. These strategies will also support staff with food allergy.
This Guide includes frequently asked questions and explains the 4 key strategies to food allergy management in school canteens:
1. Know what’s in your food
2. Be 100% truthful
3. Prepare food safely
4. Understand the consequences.
This Guide was developed by National Allergy Strategy, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the Western Australian School Canteen Association Inc, supported by the Western Australian Departments of Health and Education.
Download the Food Allergen Management Guide for School Canteens.
New training for canteen staff and volunteers: All about Allergens
Managing food allergy and food safety and hygiene in school canteens is essential.
FOCiS together with National Allergy Strategy and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia have developed a quick reference poster for display in school canteens.
Each of the four steps in the Food allergy in school canteens poster links to the All About Allergens training.
The Food safety in school canteens poster contains five simple steps to ensure food prepared and sold in the school canteen in done so safely. This poster has been endorse by Environmental Health Australia.
Both posters can be downloaded as high resolution copies from the FOCiS website.