MA Food Allergen Certification Training
Over 15,000 food service workers have selected us, a non-profit organization located in the Berkshires, for their training and certificate!
Food Allergy Training for Food Service Professionals
Restaurant owners! Also Hotels, Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, Caterers, Convenience Stores, Camps and more! Get your MA Food Allergy Certification online today for only $10.
To register and complete the MA Food Allergen training click the link above. Click the "New User" button and then select "Food Allergen Training" and continue. You must complete the required information. Optional demographic and other information is not required but appreciated. You may use a credit/debit card or check for payment of the $10 fee. Within 30 minutes YOU WILL GET AN E-MAIL MESSAGE WITH A LINK TO THE VIDEO. Upon completion of the training video [Note: you must watch the video to its end, meaning through the credits to get to the required check off saying you have viewed the video] you will receive a certificate by postal service within 10 days. If you provided an undeliverable address you are required to pay for a duplicate certificate to be reissued. Dial-up and smart phones will not function properly. Duplicate or replacement certificates are available for a $10 fee.
Why do I need MA food allergen certification?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health / Bureau of Environmental Health/Food Protection Program has developed a regulatory program to implement M.G.L. c. 140, section 6B, "Food allergy awareness," in all food establishments in the Commonwealth that cook, prepare, or serve food intended for immediate consumption either on or off the premises. As part of this program, Department regulation Section 105 CMR 590.009(H)(3)(a) of the new regulation reads:
“By February 1, 2011, such food establishments shall have on staff a certified food protection manager who has been issued a Massachusetts certificate of allergen awareness training by an allergen awareness training verification program recognized by the Department. The certificate will be valid for 5 years.”
MA Allergy training video
The MA allergy training video provides current information about food allergies and celiac disease-related food intolerance, including but not limited to the major food allergens; celiac disease and the food intolerances that it produces; symptoms of allergic reactions and celiac disease-related reactions to food; and procedures that restaurants should follow in educating customers about food allergies and celiac disease and steps that restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, caterers, should take if a customer has an allergic or celiac disease-related reaction to food.
Our certificates are printed on high quality watermarked paper suitable for framing. We chose to provide our trainees with this high quality certificate instead of asking trainees to print out their certificate at their own expense and then having a low quality certificate for five years. DPH allows us up to 10 days to get you your certificate per our agreement. Important note: If we are to mail certificates to a business address please include the BUSINESS NAME in the registration to ensure delivery.
Looking for a Classroom or Group Training?
Select from the menu on the left "Classroom Scheduled Training" or click here.
Employers, Chambers, Health Departments and Food Protection Trainers. We can work with you.
For employers, Berkshire AHEC offers many options for you to deliver this training. We are working with many companies, large and small in providing this training to employees. We can help you arrange group trainings at your site with ease. Berkshire AHEC is a SOMWBA certified organization and Massachusetts Small Business Purchasing Program participant with a 30+ years history of providing education and training. If you are interested, contact our office for more information.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Resources
Click here to go to FAAN's website.
Click here to go to FAAN's files of pdf files of information.
For a pdf of "Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies" click here.
for a pdf Spanish version of the above click here.
Mass. Department of Public Health Food Protection Bureau Information
Mass. Dept. of Public Health's Food Allergy Training information click here.
For a pdf of Q&A regarding this training from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health click here.
For more information please call us.
703 West Housatonic St., Suite 208
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone 413-447-2417 FAX 413-499-0370
Toll Free 1-866-976-AHEC (2432)