Australian Food Safety Week 11 – 18 November 2023

Australian Food Safety Week 2023 will be held from 11 to 18 November 2023. We will chose the theme for Australian Food Safety Week at our Planning Day in April 2023 – become a member and get involved find out more

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The Food Safety Information Council is a health promotion charity and a national voice for science-based, consumer-focused food safety information in Australia. We aim to reduce the estimated 4.67 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year that result in 47,900 hospitalisations, 38 deaths and  a cost to the economy of $2.1 billion.

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Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for World Food Safety Day 7 June 2023

The Food Safety Information Council today released its annual report card on Australia’s food safety record in the lead up to the United Nations’ Fifth World Food Safety Day to be held on 7 June 2023. This year’s theme ‘Food standards save lives’ will draw attention to food standards. Council Chair, Cathy Moir, said Food standards help keep the Australian community safe and ensure that Australia continues to have a...
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  Interested in learning more about food safety? We have partnered with our member First for Training to make online food safety basic training courses affordable and available as well as meeting our long term aim of getting course material into schools. If you have a question or training need please contact First for Training Food safety essentials course (for businesses and individuals) Food business owners by law, are responsible...
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The Food Safety Learning Centre provides a link for educators and the community to access resources to help learn more about food safety. There is also more information on our member the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Australian Agrifood Science Portal Meet the bugs – what are the  bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne disease Food isn’t sterile; it comes from animals or grows in soil. If we are healthy adults, our immune systems can deal with small...
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Food Safety Tips at a Glance





Our health is in our hands!

Clean hands will decrease the possibility of food poisoning and other diseases markedly.
Remember the 20/20 rule: wash hands for 20 seconds with warm soapy water dry hands for 20 seconds before starting to cook repeat frequently especially after handling raw meats, or vegetables with visible soil. Wash utensils and cutting boards with soap and warm water, and dry thoroughly, before handling different sorts of foods. This is particularly important when dealing with raw meats and vegetables.

Food that is meant to be kept chilled should be!

As soon as possible after purchase meat, poultry, dairy foods, vegetables, salad ingredients, etc should be refrigerated at or below 5ºC. Sounds easy but often food is left in hot cars or put in refrigerators that are not cold enough. A fridge thermometer should be used to make sure the temperature is at or below 5ºC. The temperature should be adjusted in line with changing seasons and the amount stored. 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 NOT on the kitchen bench. If in doubt, throw it out!

Properly cooking food minimises the risk of food poisoning

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. Defrost frozen poultry and rolled and stuffed meats thoroughly before cooking. Always follow cooking instructions on packaged foods.

Cross-contamination is a major way for food borne diseases to spread

To avoid cross contamination keep raw and cooked foods separate when storing and preparing. 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.

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