Monthly Archives: September 2018

Another reason not to hate Brussels sprouts

A diet high in a wide range of vegetables, especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, may help older people avoid hospitalisation from falls, Australian research has found.

The research also looked at various vegetable groups including, cruciferous, allium (onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives), orange/yellow/red, leafy greens and legumes.

Eating at least one serve of cruciferous vegetables a day, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage or broccoli, seemed to have the greatest benefit.

“The message from this is eat at least five serves of vegetables a day, and make sure include at least one serve of cruciferous vegetables

The benefits in relation to falls prevention were probably linked to the effects cruciferous vegetables on muscle strength and pathways.

“These findings could have implications for nutritional guidelines promoted by public health organizations to reduce the risk of falls and/or fractures in older community-dwelling women.

“What we are now interested in investigating further is why cruciferous vegetables in particular seem to be so good at preventing these falls,” Dr Sim said. The research will also investigate which of the cruciferous group conferred the most benefit.

You can find the study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, here.

Aged Care Cooks and kitchen attendants can complete their Food safety Training online here

Choose there units if you need to be a Food Safety Supervisor

HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety principles.
HLTFSE005 – Apply and monitor food safety requirements.
HLTFSE007 – Oversee the Day-to-Day Implementation of Food Safety in the Workplace.

Push to make allergen labelling clearer

Now there’s a push for tougher rules about how products are labelled after a choc chip cookie killed a child.

Isabel Marrero was 9-years-old when she died from an anaphylactic reaction in March this year, after she ate what looked like her favourite biscuit.  Her mother didn’t realise that she had purchased a different product, as this biscuit packaging – bar one word –  looked the same as the one she’d been buying for years.

“We learn from every death and we should be learning from what happened to Isabel,” Maria Said, CEO of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia said.  “… make allergen declarations clearer so that consumers can have greater confidence in getting the information they need to make informed and safe food choices.”

The Food Standards Code require businesses to declare allergens on product labels – but it doesn’t say how or where. And there are no requirements to inform customers if they alter the product.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) told ten daily they’re now working on a proposal to change the law.

Australia is the allergy capital of the world — 1 in 20 Aussie kids has a food allergy.

There has been a 10 percent increase in allergy fatalities between 2007 to 2013.

Click here to read the full article from ten daily.

There are now 10 allergens.  Make sure you and your staff know what they are.  Make sure your food safety training is up to date.

Click here to download a free printable poster.

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Strawberry recall – fears for our farmers and strawberry industry

Fears for our strawberry farmers and the strawberry industry emerge as strawberries are recalled from supermarket shelves around Australia after being found to contain needles.

  • More cases emerge after nine-year-old boy bites into strawberry with needle in it at school, Queensland mother says
  • Two brands recalled were sold in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
  • Growers say fear could devastate strawberry industry if people stopped buying the fruit

In 2006 food laws were introduced making it compulsory for a company to report suspected cases of food tampering.  In Queensland, someone found guilty of deliberately contaminating food to cause public alarm or anxiety faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment.  This penalty can also be applied if the person interferes with food to cause members of the public to refrain from purchasing those goods.

Click here to read the full article.

Changes to aged care food and drink framework on its way!

With Australia’s aging population projected to more than double by 2057, food and drink for older individuals is an area in need of attention.  Changes to aged care food and drink framework on its way.

An article posted by Dr Julie Chicero on 05/09/18 explains that about 40-60 per cent of people in aged care have trouble with chewing and swallowing to the point where they are at risk of choking on food.  Research by Monash University has found that choking on food is the second highest cause of preventable death in aged care.

Texture modified foods and thick drinks are used to minimise risks associated with choking and the development of life-threatening pneumonia.  On 1 May 2019 Australia will join many other countries around the world in transitioning to a new international standardised terminology for these speciality texture modified foods and drinks – the IDDSI Framework (  Click here to read the full article.

CFT International, RTO 21120, is the leading provider of food safety training throughout Australia.  Those working in food service in the aged care industry must remain up to date with their food safety training.  Student’s can enrol and train with us online, any time from any where.  Click here to enrol into food safety training for aged care industry.

Salmonella cases lead to egg recall in NSW

AUSSIE egg eaters are being warned to avoid a specific brand after at least 23 people have been struck with food poisoning.

People are being warned to check their eggs very carefully after a horror outbreak of food poisoning has struck down at least 23 people.

Consumers in Sydney are being told to avoid Glendenning Farms eggs after several people people reported being hit with Salmonella enteritidis.

The NSW Food Authority is working with NSW Health to investigate the cases which occurred in a cluster and says the company, Eggz on the Run, is undertaking a voluntary recall of the eggs.

“The NSW Department of Primary Industries has issued a biosecurity direction on the farm to restrict movement of livestock, eggs, manure and disposables and order the disinfection and decontamination of equipment,” a NSW Health statement said.

“This direction will be in place while further investigations are underway.”

Spring has Sprung. It’s time to get into the garden. Check out these Food Safety Gardening tips!

If you’re growing your own fruit and vegies. Here are some Food Safety Gardening tips!

It is great to grow your own food as it tastes good, it is fresh and it helps our children understand where food comes from. But remember that you can still get food poisoning from your own produce. This can be avoided with bit of careful planning.

The Food Safety Information Council has published some beneficial food safety and gardening tips.  You can view them here.

Keep up to date with your Food Safety training. Enrol with CFT today!

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