Resources & Training
Food Allergen Management Guide for School Canteens
When preparing food, it is essential to consider food allergy.
School canteens can make food selection from the canteen a safer, positive experience for students with food allergy. There are several things that can be put in place to make sure students with food allergy are able to purchase appropriate food from the school canteen. These strategies will also support staff with food allergy.
This Guide includes frequently asked questions and explains the 4 key strategies to food allergy management in school canteens:
1. Know what’s in your food
2. Be 100% truthful
3. Prepare food safely
4. Understand the consequences.
This Guide was developed by National Allergy Strategy, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the Western Australian School Canteen Association Inc, supported by the Western Australian Departments of Health and Education. Although it was developed for WA schools it is equally appropriate for other states and territories. to download of a copy of the guide see the WA School Canteen Association website.
Fresh FOCiS On Food FOR CANTEENS
Are you looking for new and tasty ideas for your canteen menu? Want ideas that the children will just love? Fresh FOCiS on foods for canteens has been designed with the busy canteen manager in mind. Every recipe has been assessed and approved against the FOCiS nutrient criteria so you are assured they are healthy choices. Recipes are quick, simple and nutritious. Also included is a glossary of cooking terms and a range of tips to assist you to manage your menu.
Price: FREE, maximum order of 10 (Postage fee applies)
Fresh FOCiS On Food FOR FAMILIES
Fresh FOCiS on food for families is the second in a series and has a refreshing approach to family cuisine. The recipes will appeal to children and adults alike and are quick, simple and tasty. Children will love the ‘child friendly’ recipes aimed at helping them discover the joy of cooking. All the recipes have been assessed and approved against the so you are assured they are healthy choices. Not only are the recipes great, but there are some simple handy tips for the kitchen as well as a glossary of basic cooking terms.
Price: FREE, maximum order of 10 (Postage fee applies)
Looking After Our Kids
Looking After Our Kids is a video/DVD and handbook resource for school principals, parent bodies, canteen managers, canteen assistants and volunteers to help them understand and comply with the Food Safety Standards.
Everyone working with food has a personal responsibility to handle food safely. This video/DVD and handbook information package has been designed to help people involved with school canteens understand their legal responsibilities.
The video/DVD is set in real school canteens and follows the food from delivery to sale. The practices shown apply to all school canteens whether large or small, new or old.
This resource, an initiative of FOCiS Inc and funded by Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, was supplied free of charge to all schools in Australia in 2002.
This resource is now available on line from Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
Management $ense, Food Sense
Want to manage your canteen more efficiently and profitably? Then Management $ense Food Sense is the manual for you! It is a great resource with all the information to make your canteen a raging success.
Find out how to:
- Develop your own accounts system for keeping track of stock and money in the canteen
- Selecting appropriate staff
- Choose the right equipment for your canteen and save money
- Check if you are up-to-scratch on important food safety issues
- Sell healthy foods and make a profit! There are many ideas, recipes and promotional tactics to help you on your way
- Attract and keep your volunteers
- Develop a canteen policy with step by step information
- Introduce basic security and emergency procedures that every canteen worker should know
- Renovate your canteen – get the right advice to help you make those important and costly decisions.
Price: $33.00 plus postage and handling
fabulous recipe book designed especially for school canteens. These tasty and healthy recipes have been created and tested by real school canteens – and the kids just love them!
Price: $15.00 plus postage and handling
New training for canteen staff and volunteers: All about Allergens
Everyone working in food service, from the manager through to the food preparation and service staff, needs to be aware of the risks food allergies pose. It’s also important to be clear on how to identify and manage food allergens and how to respond to enquiries from customers with food allergies.
All about Allergens training is a free online course for anyone working in food service. The comprehensive program details need to know information relevant to those in the food service industry and is presented using videos and interactive activities.
The course takes about 60-90 minutes to complete and a certificate can be printed on completion. Access the course at: www.foodallergytraining.com.au
Managing food allergy and food safety and hygiene in school canteens is essential.
FOCiS together with National Allergy Strategy and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia have developed a quick reference poster for display in school canteens.
Each of the four steps in the Food allergy in school canteens poster links to the All About Allergens training.
The Food safety in school canteens poster contains five simple steps to ensure food prepared and sold in the school canteen in done so safely. This poster has been endorse by Environmental Health Australia.
Both posters can be downloaded as high resolution copies at the links below. If you would like a print ready version for bulk printing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Food safety and hygiene training
FoodSafe – training is self-led and training packages can be purchased from Environmental Health Australia
Online food safety courses: