Monthly Archives: March 2018

How Australians Will Eat This Easter

The following article published by Australian Food News said that just under half of all Australians will eat chocolate for breakfast this Easter Sunday.

Looking into how Australians will eat this Easter, Woolworths found that around two thirds of Australians will eat Easter chocolate bunnies and half of all Australians will host an egg hunt.

More than 13.8 million Hot Cross Buns will be purchased from Woolworths this week and 80 per cent of Hot Cross Bun eaters will top their buns with butter.

Seafood will be popular with Woolworths expecting to sell over 270, 000 kilograms over Australian prawns and 130, 000 kilos of fresh Tasmanian salmon in the week before Easter.

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Seafood Safety at Easter

This post gives food safety tips to keep your seafood safe over Easter

Easter is Australia’s biggest time for eating seafood. Follow these food safety tips to keep your seafood safe over Easter to reduce the risk of food poisoning-

  1. Only purchase your seafood from a registered seafood supplier and check it is visibly fresh and is displayed chilled
  2. Transport your seafood home from the retailer in a cooler with enough ice blocks or ice to keep it chilled
  3. Once home put seafood in the fridge in a covered container and make sure your fridge is running at 5°C or below. Live shellfish, such as oysters, should be kept on ice and consumed as soon as possible after shucking.
  4. If the seafood is going to be cooked this will kill most bacteria but there could be a slight risk if it is consumed raw, for example raw oysters, sushi, sashimi. You will need to be particularly careful and hygienic in preparing these raw foods and also handling pre-cooked seafood such as cooked prawns.
  5. Seafood eaten raw or cold cooked prawns are not recommended for pregnant women, people with reduced immune systems or the elderly because of the risk of Listeria.
  6. Consume prawns and live shellfish as soon as possible after purchase when they are at their best and use other refrigerated seafood within 2 to 3 days.

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A food handler diagnosed with highly infectious Hepatitis A

A food handler has been diagnosed with highly infectious Hepatitis A.  Don’t let this happen in your business! Be up to date with food safety.

A hepatitis A warning has been issued for recent diners at top restaurant Cumulus Inc.

People who ate at the venue between February 26 and March 19 have been advised to get vaccinated.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine and yellow skin and eyes.

Read the full article published by The Age newspaper

Food Safety Tips for Easter Eggs

This post gives important food safety tips for Easter Eggs

Easter is just around the corner.  Here are some important food safety tips to remember this time of year when you’re decorating, cooking and/or hiding Easter eggs:

  • Be sure and inspect the eggs before purchasing them, making sure they are not dirty or cracked. Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg.
  • Store eggs in their original cartons in the refrigerator rather than in the refrigerator door.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water and rinse them before handling the eggs when cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding them.  Thoroughly wash utensils, counter tops and anything else the eggs will come into contact with.
  • It’s a good idea to use one set of eggs for dyeing, decorating and hunting and a second set for eating. If you’re planning to eat the Easter eggs you dye, be sure to use food-grade dyes only.
  • If you’re having an Easter egg hunt, consider your hiding places carefully. Avoid areas where the eggs might come into contact with pets, wild animals, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.
  • Make sure you find all the eggs you’ve hidden and then refrigerate them within two hours. Discard any cracked eggs. As long as the eggs are NOT out of refrigeration for more than two hours, they will be safe to eat. Do not eat eggs that have been out of refrigeration for more than two hours.
  • Or, you can use colorful plastic Easter eggs with treats or toys inside for your Easter egg hunt.

Happy Easter!

Food Safety Tips – What is listeria and how does it spread in rockmelons?

This post gives an in-depth explainer of the bacteria that’s affected at least 15 people who ate rockmelon, including three deaths.

Listeria can be avoided. Know how it spreads.  Ensure you remain up to date with food safety training.

Click here to read the full article published by SBS

Be aware of the risks of contamination in food handling.  Know how to prevent the spread of bacteria.

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Don’t contaminate your business, food safety tips

Protect your business from vicious claims. Be vigilant and ensure your Food Safety Training is current

Restaurants are being scammed by customers claiming to have found glass in their food, and getting fed for free.

Don’t contaminate your business through negligence.  Ensure your Food Safety Program is current.

Have records, plans and procedures in place to deal with contamination including biological contamination, physical contamination and chemical contamination.

Make sure you are up to date with the latest Food Safety training.  Protect yourself from vicious claims.

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Fourth person dies from eating Listeria contaminated rockmelon

A fourth person has died from listeria contracted from eating contaminated rockmelons

The latest equates to 2 people from NSW and 2 from Victoria have been killed by the outbreak.

There are now 17 confirmed cases of listeriosis around the country linked to the contaminated rockmelons.

The listeria contaminated rockmelons have been linked to a farm in southern NSW.

Eating foods that contain Listeria bacteria does not cause illness in most people, but in high risk groups it can result in severe illness and even death. High risk groups include infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The infection starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes diarrhoea.

The fruit has been pulled from supermarket shelves across the country as a result.

Listeria outbreak linked to rockmelon

Listeria outbreak has been linked to the humble rockmelon

After a recent spike in listeriosis cases, consumers are advised to avoid eating rockmelon, or canteloupe.

Eating foods that contain Listeria bacteria does not cause illness in most people, but in high risk groups it can result in severe illness and even death. High risk groups include infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

As a precaution people are advised to discard any rockmelon they already have in their homes.

The NSW Food Authority is working with the grower and has advised that affected rockmelons are being removed from the supply chain.

If you are feeling unwell and suspect you have consumed the affected product, please seek medical attention.