Media Centre

The Food Safety Information Council can provide the media with a range of food safety experts that can communicate to consumers in simple terms.

Note: the figures of an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning each year in Australia cited in many older releases has now been updated following a study by Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the Australian National University in 2022 estimated there are 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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Media releases

2024

As the academic year begins young people urged to wash their hands and follow food safety tips (11 February 2024)

Save money by preparing a lunch box for you and your family – food safety dollars and sense (22 January 2024)

2023

How to enjoy the Festive Season on a budget and be food safe – Dollars and Sense (11 December 2023)

Latest research shows 4 in 10 Australians grow their own fruit and veg but 40% take a risk not protecting gardens from animal poop

Don’t take short cuts with your health – Australian Food Safety Week 11 to 18 November 2023  ‘Food safety – dollars and sense’

Latest research shows improvement in Aussie handwashing – but blokes still need to do better! Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2023

Pets can share more than their love – food safety and pets tips (26 September 2023)

Was it the last thing I ate that gave me food poisoning? Find out about how the Food Detectives work this National Science Week 12 to 20 August.

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

Enjoy the bush but keep food safe when camping this Easter (5 April 2023)

Warning not to pick or eat wild mushrooms because of deadly deathcap mushroom risk (7 March 2023)

Get your kids involved in preparing a safe and healthy school lunch box (24 January 2023)

2022

Don’t be raw and risky – food safety tips for Christmas and Summer entertaining (5 December 2022)

Aussies taking a food safety risk by eating raw or rare meat – don’t be raw and risky this Australian Food Safety Week

Don’t be raw and risky – buy a meat thermometer (and don’t forget to use it!) – Australian Food Safety Week 12 to 19 November 2022

Many Aussies still not always washing hands after going to the toilet or before touching food – Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2022

Reusable food containers and food safety (5 September 2022)

Good bugs, bad bugs – preserving and fermenting food in glass containers National Science Week 13 to 21 August.

Winter roasts – preparing them safely (20 July 2022)

Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for the UN World Food Safety Day 7 June 2022

Keep that Democracy Sausage safe – food safety tips for Election Day fundraisers (18 May 2022)

Know your catch – food safety and recreational fishing (13 April 2022)

Don’t take a risk with food safety during and after floods (4 March 2022)

As the academic year begins and students return to campus young people are urged to learn more about food safety (21 February 2022)

Wet weather brings warning not to pick wild mushrooms because of deathcap risk (9 February 2022)

Teach your kids to wash hands correctly plus back to school lunch safety tips (19 January 2022)

2021

Your poultry doesn’t need a bath plus other food safety tips for Christmas and Summer entertaining (13 December 2021)

Aussies get it wrong about refreezing defrosted raw chicken – Australian Food Safety Week 13 to 20 November 2021.

Aussies urged to be prepared with a food safety toolbox – 25th Australian Food Safety Week 13 to 20 November 2021

Australians washing and sanitising their hands 15% less than this time last year – Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2021

Spring is here – 5 food safety tips for growing your own fruit and vegetables (1 September 2021)

National Science Week 14 – 22 August 2021 – Food Safety Learning Centre (15 August 2021)

Winter warmers – bulk cooking, storing and transporting hot food safely (20 July 2021)

Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for the UN World Food Safety Day 7 June 2021

Handwashing not hand sanitiser best way to stop gastro causing norovirus (28 April 2021)

Put seafood on ice this Easter (31 March 2021)

Warning not to pick or eat wild mushrooms because of poisoning risk (10 March 2021)

As the academic year begins young people are urged to become more food safety savvy (17 February 2021)

Schools and parents urged to register for food safety training (plus Summer lunch box food safety tips) (20 January 2021)

2020

Christmas and holiday entertaining – how to be food-safe and COVID-smart (16 December 2020)

Summer TV and radio ad campaign launched during AFSW20 (16 November 2020)

Aussies urged to learn about food safety- Australian Food Safety Week 14 – 21 November 2020 – food safety it’s in your hands

Surprise finding: no major increase in Australians washing their hands since this time last year – Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2020

Don’t risk illegal food purchases or sales on social media (23 September 2020)

Roll up risk for raw fish: what’s in your sushi, sashimi and ceviche (26 August 2020)

National warning on backyard chooks after salmonella outbreaks (9 July 2020)

Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for the UN World Food Safety Day 7 June 2020

Kombucha, pickling, veges in oil and backyard chooks: how to keep food safe with your new #StayHome hobby (13 May 2020)

Coronavirus/COVID-19 and food safety: your questions answered (3 April 2020)

Warning not to pick or eat wild mushrooms because of poisoning risk (12 March 2020)

Back to Uni warning to students to wash their hands (17 February 2020)

Get your kids involved in back to school lunchbox food safety (21 January 2020)

Food safety advice for bush fires and power outages (3 January 2020)

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