Food Allergies–Let Us Know. We Care.

A Basic Food Allergen Program for Foodhandlers

This research project was funded by USDA CSREES Award# 2003-51110-1729 and was entitled “Managing Food Allergens: Awareness and Training Programs for Handlers of Ethnic Foods.”

Project Leaders: Alfonso Tirado, Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Science and Aurora A. Saulo, Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Project Collaborators:  Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association, Hawaii Food Industry Association, Hawaii Restaurant Association, Hawaii Department of Health.

The finished product, called “Food Allergies—Let us know. We care,” is a complete educational program on food allergy awareness. It is a training certificate course consisting of a 9-minute DVD, an instructional manual (with certification exams), quick reference posters, and stick-on labels. These materials cover information on food allergy including the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), the role of the food service industry in preventing food allergic reactions, procedures for addressing the needs of food allergic guests, traditional cooking practices and use of ingredients that may result in hidden food allergens, and how to avoid hidden food allergens. By educating food handlers on the effective management of food allergens, Hawaii aims to serve as a leader and model to other States in providing the food allergic consumer with choices ordinarily available only to non-food allergic individuals. These materials were last updated in 2013.

If you would like to organize a workshop on personal hygiene, sanitation, or any other practices to improve the safety of the food you manufacture or handle in your facility, please contact Dr. Aurora Saulo via email, voice (808 956 6564), or text (808 226 1950).