Monthly Archives: November 2018

Aussies are fast-food and alcohol obsessed

Aussies have nominated coffee and booze as the two things they can’t live without …and we feel guilty about it!

An article published by David Aidone, News Corp Australia Network revealed this and more.

Fast food proved to be our biggest food-related regret, followed by sweets including chocolates and ice-cream.

Many respondents indicated sweets were their guilty pleasure, with alcohol and fast food also making the top three in this category.

While Australians could be commended for their love of coffee, their love of the bottle has caused alarm.

Beer, wine and spirits took second place on the list of items we couldn’t live without, and also emerged as one of our top guilty pleasures.

Professor Merlin Thomas, a health expert at Monash University’s Central Clinical School said  “With alcohol it’s easy to go too far, and excess drinking and binge drinking are a major cause of illness and death in Australians through bad choices, accidents, violence and the bodily effects of excess alcohol on the liver and brain.”

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Read the full article here.


Festive Food Poisoning

Tips to avoid food poisoning this Festive Season.

Yet again the Festive Season has crept up on us at an alarmingly fast rate! While we are planning gatherings with family and friends, as well as presents to keep everyone happy and our Xmas day menu, it is also important to be aware of the risks of food poisoning.  The last thing anyone wants is for their guests to get dished up a dose of bad bugs in their festive food.

Read the article here for great advice from Angie Tomlinson journalist for The West Australian.

Remember to be aware of responsibilities as  food handler. For advice please contact CFT here.

Bunnings sausage sizzle to become safer, CFT food safety

The iconic sausage with onions from Bunnings has just become safer. Here’s why-

As a matter of safety, all 294 stores Bunnings running a sausage sizzle have been instructed by head office to add onions to the sandwiches before placing the sausage on top – so the onions don’t fall out and become a slipping hazard.

‘Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,’ Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Debbie Poole said. 

Here’s the full article published by Adam Mccleery For Daily Mail Australia

Google Can Tell Which Restaurant Gave You Food Poisoning

Google Can Tell Which Restaurant Gave You Food Poisoning.  Be aware of your food safety responsibilities as a food handler!

Just in time for Australian Food Safety Week 2018, Google and Harvard University have released a quick way of identifying where outbreaks of food poisoning occur.  All it needs is data.  By combining search queries related to food poisoning, such as ‘stomach cramps’, ‘vomitting’ or ‘diarrhoea”, Google can quickly identify which restaurants should be avoided by consumers and inspected by health departments.

Click here to read the full article published by Matthew Humphries, PC Mag Aus.

The ‘truth about food poisoning’ – watch it here

The ‘truth about food poisoning’ video.  Food poisoning affects more than 4 million Australians every year.  Is your food safety training up-to-date?

Food poisoning affects more than 4 million Australians every year. With the effects ranging from mild to potentially fatal, it needs to be taken seriously!

There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of being affected.  A great place to start is to watch a short video published by NSW Food Authority, ‘Truth about food poisoning’ .  Click here to view –


Food poisoning – take it seriously! Australian Food Safety Week 2018

Food poisoning – take it seriously! Australian Food Safety Week 2018

The Food Safety Information Council released research that shows 1-in-3 Australians are either at risk of getting the potentially fatal Listeria infection themselves or live in a household with someone at risk.
Food service staff must be up to date with the food safety training.
Food poisoning isn’t just a minor stomach upset but it should be taken seriously as it can be deadly.
Listeria infection can be very serious for vulnerable people including the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women.
Be aware of your responsibilities as an operator of a food business.
Remember these important food safety tips to reduce the risk of Listeria infection as well as other forms of food poisoning:
  • Always wash your hands with soap and running water and dry thoroughly before handling food and keep food utensils and cooking areas clean
  • Unlike most other food poisoning bacteria, Listeria can grow at refrigeration temperatures, so ready to eat food or leftovers should never be stored in the fridge for more than 24 hours. Since Listeria grows slowly in the fridge, it will do so only very slowly at cold temperatures so make sure your refrigerator is keeping your food at or less than 5°C.
  • Avoid refrigerated foods that are past their ‘use by’ date
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 24 hours or freeze
  • Always look for cooking and storage instructions on the food package label and follow them when provided.
  • Cook high risk foods such as poultry, minced meat, sausages, hamburgers and leftovers to 75°C
  • Cook egg dishes, such as quiche, to 72°C in the centre (or until the white is firm and the yolk thickens)
  • Cook frozen fruit and vegetables.
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Food Safety & RSA classes, Victoria Gippsland region

Enrol today into Food Safety & RSA training in Gippsland, Victoria region.

Australian Food Safety Week commences on 10 November.  Are you food safety compliant?

Enrol into Food Safety and RSA training classes running next Thursday 15 November at Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre.

Click the links below to enrol or contact PICAL on 5952 1131 to find out more.


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Australian Food Safety Week, 10-17 Nov 2018

Australian Food Safety Week, 10 to 17 November 2018, is approaching quickly.  This year’s theme is ‘Food Poisoning – take it seriously!’

The week long event is conducted by the Food Safety Information Council who are calling on people who have been affected by food poisoning to share their stories to assist to get across the importance messages surrounding food safety and its seriousness.

“During the 2018 Australian Food Safety Week we particularly want to help those who are at greater risk if they do get food poisoning such as pregnant women, the elderly and people with poor immune systems.” says the Food Safety Information Council.  Click here to read more. 

CFT has recently launched brand new, easy to navigate e-learning food safety training.  Make sure you and your staff are up-to-date in food safety.  Enrol today!