KIK did not re-invent the food safety and allergen awareness content but we certainly have re-invented the tool that gives managers an easy and affordable method for communicating the potentially lifesaving information to their staff.
Conklin, NY (PRWEB) April 04, 2013
Keeping It Kleen, the developer of the new web-based food safety education delivery system, added a sixth learning module to its collection of training videos. The launch of the new video coincides with the start of National Food Allergy Awareness week May 12-18 2013, a week designated by The Food Allergy Research and Education Network (FARE) to educating and raising awareness about food allergies.
The seriousness of food allergies, especially as it pertains to the foodservice industry, cannot be overstated. Consider these statistics reported by FARE and the National Restaurant Association:
- Four percent or nearly 12 million people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies.
- According to a NRA survey nearly 43% of restaurants do not train foodservice staff on food allergens
- Close to 50% of fatal food allergy reactions are triggered by food served in a foodservice establishment
Currently, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are the only two states that require by law that all foodservice establishments have a food protection manager on staff that is trained and certified in food-allergy awareness. The law also requires allergy awareness posters in employee areas to ensure that the dangers associated with food allergies are on top of everyone’s minds.
“Given the seriousness of allergenic outcomes, I would imagine it will be in just a short time that other states follow suit and enact legislation that requires restaurants to have tighter controls on allergy education,” said Julie Lovelass, Director of Operations for Keeping It Kleen. “ In the meantime, like any food safety training, at KIK we believe that a food allergy management plan should include training for all staff, not just to comply with the law but because, ‘It is the right thing to do’ and could literally be the difference between saving a life or not.”
The Keeping it Kleen allergy curriculum, like all the other KIK videos ,is short but thorough. The content covers the basics in allergen awareness and includes topics such as: the seriousness of food allergies, best practices when dealing with allergenic customers, top 8 allergenic foods, recognizing allergenic symptoms and basic emergency response actions. Its message is aimed at exposing all levels of foodservice staff to the potential dangers that food allergens may pose in specific job applications.
“We are thrilled to be introducing this new video in time to support this Food Allergy Awareness initiative,” said Lovelass, “KIK did not re-invent the food safety and allergen awareness content but we certainly have re-invented the tool that gives managers an easy and affordable method for communicating the potentially lifesaving information to their staff!”