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Governor of Illinois Signs Food Allergy Training Law Effective January 1, 2018.  -Restaurant News

Are you a restaurant manager and/or owner with locations in the state of Illinois?  If so, this applies to you.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (August 30, 2017) — On August 25, 2017, Illinois House Bill 2510 was approved by the governor, adding a Food Allergy Training requirement to their food handling regulation. The bill states that, “All food service establishments shall have at least one certified food service sanitation manager who has undergone training that follows nationally recognized industry standards for allergen safety and allergen awareness available on the premises at all times that the food service establishment is in operation.”

AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo® is prepared to provide you a variety of options for your staff through AllerTrain, AllerTrain U and AllerTrain Lite.  We have received endorsements, approvals and continuing education credits from the likes of the leading nonprofit food allergy organization in the country, FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), the ACF (American Culinary Federation), AND (The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and most recently the SNA (School Nutrition Association).  Currently, AllerTrain is the only ANSI accredited food allergy training in the country and these classes meet the new requirement. 

Currently we provide the training in two main ways:

  1. Online eLearning on our platform or yours.
  2. In-person training through our great network of Master Trainers. Classroom or webinar settings are available to meet your needs for time and date.

The actual language in the bill makes it fairly clear this is for food managers, not handlers, and will take effect quickly (January 1, 2018) with a window of leeway for the first 6 months as impacted individuals take the classes and get certified.

Verbiage from bill:

  • Unless otherwise provided, all certified food service sanitation managers employed by a restaurant must receive or obtain training in basic allergen awareness principles within 30 days after employment and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Training programs must be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or another reputable accreditation agency under the ASTM International E2659-09 (Standard Practice for Certificate Programs). There is no limit to how many times an employee may take the training.
  • If an entity uses an allergen awareness training program accredited by the American National Standards Institute or another reputable accreditation agency under the ASTM International E2659-09 (Standard Practice for Certificate Programs), then that training program meets the requirements of this Section. The training indicated in this subsection (d) is transferable between employers, but not individuals.
  • The provisions of this Section apply beginning January 1, 2018. From January 1, 2018- July 1, 2018, enforcement of the provisions of this Section shall be limited to education and notification of requirements to encourage compliance.

“AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo is the leader in food allergy training and education across the country. This law put in place will most certainly help many who have food allergies and just want to eat out safely,” stated Betsy Craig, CEO and Founder of AllerTrain™ by MenuTrinfo® Craig went on to say, “Today at least 1 in every 10 diners has a special dietary request.  Making sure that if your restaurant can serve them, you can do so safely is a game changer.  I have worked hard for years to lead this training space for food allergies (and gluten-free needs) to protect people’s lives.  It has become truly my heart’s mission.”Continue Reading

 


Simple Servings by Sodexo Recognized for Food Service Innovation on Campus -Restaurant News

Fort Collins, CO. (August 28, 2017) – Registered Dietitian & Wellness Director, Beth Winthrop, and the Sodexo team were awarded this year’s Best Food Allergy Innovation for Universities at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Il.  by AllerTrain by Menutrinfo®. Continue Reading


AllerTrain is Now an Approved Provider for the School Nutrition Association -Restaurant News

Fort Collins, CO. (August 21, 2017) – AllerTrain™ by MenuTrinfo®, the leader in food allergy training and education across the country, is pleased to announce that they are now an approved provider for the School Nutrition Association through their AllerTrain™ K12 course. Continue Reading


AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo is Growing in Numbers – Restaurant News

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (August 16, 2017) — AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo® has hired two employees who began the week of August 7, 2017 to help support the tremendous growth they have been experiencing. Continue Reading


A Food Allergy Wonder Woman Like No Other – Restaurant News

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (August 10, 2017) — This past Spring, Carrie Anderson from Purdue University was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Best Food Allergy Champion for Universities at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Il. Continue Reading


Kid-Friendly Cafe Recognized for Food Allergy Innovation – Restaurant News

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (July 17, 2017) — Recently, Bean Sprouts was announced as this year’s Best Food Allergy Innovation for Restaurants at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Il. given by AllerTrain™ by Menutrinfo®.  Continue Reading


AllerTrain Recognizes Food Allergy Champion from Popular Restaurant Brand- Restaurant News

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (July 3, 2017) — In late May, Sarah Lauer from Glory Days Grill was announced as this year’s 2017 Best Food Allergy Champion for Restaurants at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Il. given by AllerTrain™ by Menutrinfo®. Continue Reading


Awarded for Saving Lives Through Food Allergy Training – Restaurant News Release

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (June 26, 2017) — On May 21, The South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa was the recipient of the award 2017 Best Overall Allergy Program for Restaurants at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Il given by AllerTrain™ by MenuTrinfo®.

AllerTrain™ by MenuTrinfo is the nation’s leading food allergy and gluten-free resource for the foodservice industry. This year they selected the top industry leaders in allergy training and awareness through their inaugural food allergy awards. The awards recognize the hard work and dedication displayed by those at the forefront of the industry. The South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa is a perfect example of businesses who are taking allergies seriously and is well deserving of the title as this year’s Best Overall Allergy Program for Restaurants. Continue Reading


Q&A: Recognizing the Industry Leaders for Food Allergy Safety & Training – Restaurant News Release

You’d be hard pressed these days to find a restaurant or university dining hall that hasn’t encountered a guest with a food allergy or intolerance.  Roughly 15 million Americans have food allergies and the most severe reactions can be fatal. Some food establishments may view special dietary requests as a nuisance or have no idea how to handle them, while others not only have a safety protocol in place for allergen free dishes but take great pride in their ability to provide outstanding service to those with food allergies.

AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo has chosen to recognize the industry leaders who are at the forefront of food allergy safety, service and training in the restaurant and university sectors with the 2017 Food Allergy Awards. The winners of the awards will be announced at the upcoming NRA Show in Chicago. Continue reading


MRM Talking With: Betsy Craig about Food Allergy Symposium for Industry (FASI) – Modern Restaurant Management

In early November, AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo, which conducts food allergy and gluten free training, launched the Food Allergy Symposium for Industry (FASI) bringing together leading experts from foodservice brands to address the training and tools required to improve concerns and issues surrounding food allergies. Additional topics included the legal aspects of food allergies and new product offerings for special dietary needs in industrial kitchens.

AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo was founded by Betsy Craig, who, after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, began a journey of paying close attention to how food impacted her health that led to the founding of the business. In this edition of MRM Talking With, Craig discusses the need for FASI and food allergen training in the foodservice industry. Continue reading


AllerTrain™ gets Allergen Training nod from Montgomery County, MD

AllerTrain receives county approval to provide food allergen and gluten-free training for Montgomery County food service employees.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Nov. 2, 2016) – On Nov. 1, city council members in Maryland’s Montgomery County unanimously passed legislation requiring restaurants there to have at least one employee working at all times who has completed an allergy training safety course. AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo, the gold standard in food allergy and gluten free training, has been approved by the Montgomery County, Maryland to provide allergen training for food service employees.

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is providing restaurants with a list of approved online and in-person food allergy training courses, according to the bill. The health department identified training courses offered by AllerTrain. The AllerTrain Suite of Classes start at $19 and can be completed in person with a Master Trainer or online through eLearning learning management systems.

The bill was supported by the Maryland Restaurant Association and will take effect July 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled and honored to be approved to provide ANSI accredited food allergy and gluten-free training to food service employees in Maryland,” said Betsy Craig, founder and CEO of AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo. “Food safety and allergen awareness should be an important part of any food service training program. The lives and health of food service guests – across any type of establishment – depends on proper training and education.”

The news comes as AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo is hosting the inaugural Food Allergy Symposium for Industry (FASI), to take place Nov. 3-4 in Denver. FASI is bringing together leading experts from foodservice brands such as Sodexo, PF Changs, University of Arizona, Red Robin, GF Jules, Notre Dame and others, and will feature leading food allergy and gluten-free experts.


Celiac Support Association (CSA) Partners with AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo for Gluten-Free Education and Awareness – RestaurantNews.com

Fort Collins, CO –  MenuTrinfo® is excited to announce their recent partnership with the Celiac Support Association, a membership association aiming to optimize the health of those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. The Association selected the AllerTrain™ training program because it is the only ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited food allergy training program available today that also provides ANSI accredited gluten-free training.

“Partnering with MenuTrinfo is a win-win-win proposition, says Larry Brauer, Executive Director of the Celiac Support Association. “It is a win for CSA to be able to offer the AllerTrain training, education, and certification for restaurants and food services establishments; it is a win for MenuTrinfo because our education and support missions are on such a parallel course; and most importantly, the additional assurance that the AllerTrain program provides is a win for those individuals and families needing a gluten-free diet for a healthy life.” Continue reading

 

About AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo

AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo offers a Suite of Courses designed to educate a wide variety of food handlers and non-food handlers about food allergies. AllerTrain and AllerTrain Lite are both food allergy specific courses and are the only courses accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Courses can be accessed through a variety of methods including instructor-led webinars, live classes taught by a Master Trainer, or through e-learning. Additionally, training materials such as the AllerSTAR monthly poster program, which covers food safety topics meant to be utilized for restaurant pre-shift or all-staff meetings, AllerCards and other training tools can be accessed on AllerTrain.com.