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Australian Food Safety Week 2015
Monday 9 November 2015
 

The city is supporting Australian Food Safety Week, an initiative of The Food Safety Information Council held from Sunday 8 to 15 November.  
 
Each year in Australia an estimated 4.1 million people contract food poisoning, therefore this year we are urging individuals to reduce the risks of contracting food poisoning by following these simple tips:
 
Clean

  • Wash hands with running water and soap, then dry hands thoroughly before starting to cook, and after handling raw meat or chicken.

Chill 

  • Transport your chilled or frozen food home from the shops in a cooler bag or esky.

  • Use a fridge thermometer to make sure your fridge is running at or below 5ºC.

  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

  • Cooked food should be stored in covered containers and either put in the fridge to cool, or frozen immediately.

  • Frozen foods should be defrosted in the fridge or microwave, not on the kitchen bench.

Cook

  • Cook chicken, minced or boned meats, hamburger, stuffed meats and sausages right through until they reach 75°C using a meat thermometer.

  • Serve hot food steaming hot above 60ºC.

  • Always follow cooking instructions on packaged foods.

Separate

  • Food should be stored in covered containers in the fridge and put raw meats and poultry in the bottom of the fridge so the juices don’t contaminate food on lower shelves.

  • Don’t put cooked meat back on the plate the raw meat was on.

We encourage everyone to increase their awareness and test their knowledge about the safest food handling practices to protect you and your family.
 
Further information, visit www.foodsafety.asn.au and test your knowledge on the Food Safety Quiz
 
For further information regarding food safety practices please contact the city’s environmental health services team on 9237 9222.
 
Fast facts

  • Did you know that if you get food poisoning it may not have been the last thing you ate? Sometimes symptoms can take several days or weeks to appear.

  • Did you know that the often quoted ‘five second rule’ (that you can pick up food dropped on the floor and eat it if it has been there less than five seconds) just isn’t true? Bacteria don’t keep a stopwatch and wait before contaminating the food.

  • Did you know that food poisoning isn’t a mild illness? Each year an estimated 1 million Australians have to visit a doctor with food poisoning, 32 000 people end up in hospital and 86 people die.