Allergen Awareness Training Law Effective January 1, 2018
On January 1, 2018, HB 2510
goes into effect throughout Illinois, which will require Food Service Sanitation Managers working in Category I restaurants to obtain ANSI-accredited allergen awareness training within 30 days of hire, and every three years thereafter. We suggest all food service establishments have this training.
What Employers Need to Know
- The law takes effect January 1, 2018, with enforcement beginning on July 1, 2018.
- After July 1, 2018, health inspectors will require proof of ANSI-accredited allergen training during routine
- health inspections.
- · Certified Food Service Sanitation Managers working in Category I restaurants in Illinois are required to receive ANSI-accredited allergen awareness training within 30 days of hire, and every 3 years thereafter.
- · This training is required in addition to the current Sanitation Manager Certification.
- · Food Service Managers must now receive both sanitation and allergen certification separately.
- · There is no limit to how many times an employee can take the training.
- · ANSI-accredited certificates are portable and transferable between employers.
- · The law does not require employers to pay for the training.
Allergen Awareness Programs-
The number of Americans affected by food allergies trends higher every year, and studies indicate that half the fatal episodes from food allergens occur outside the home. Dining out is a serious concern for customers with food allergies, as well as their family and friends.