Monthly Archives: January 2019

Use-by and Best Before dates

Watch this short video about ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates presented by the Food Safety Information Council.

As well as use-by and best before dates check labels for specific storage conditions to ensure safety and quality. Don’t assume that you know how to store food as recipes change and modern food products like jams or sauces may have less salt or sugar than in the past and may need refrigeration.

CFT International, RTO 21120, leaders in nationally accredited food safety training throughout Australia.

Double-Dip is a risk of food poisoning

We all remember the Seinfeld episode when George “double-dipped that chip!”. Well this might be even more riskier than we thought.

Food scientist Paul Dawson has conducted rigorous tests and discovered that having a second swipe of communal dip with a half-eaten chip was riskier than he first thought.

“I expected there to be not really much bacteria transfer because of the small surface area on a cracker or chip when you bite it.

“But we actually found there was 1,000 more bacteria per millilitre in the dip from when you bit the chip than when you didn’t.
“That’s a significant amount … that’s more like a person-to-person transfer like the common cold and other contagious diseases rather than the typical food-borne illness like E.coli and salmonella.”

Professor Dawson stated.

Sounds yuck! So when you are at your next gathering remember the advice given to George and never “double dip that chip!”.

Warning over homemade meals sold on online platforms

Home made food may not be prepared under safe conditions and cause food poisoning

It might seem a cheap and convenient option, but consumers are being urged to think twice about buying homemade meals advertised on online platforms.

Consumers can’t be sure that food made in unregulated home kitchens has followed strict hygiene and safety rules.

Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree list dozens of advertisements selling homemade meals offering everything from curries to lasagna.

Some sellers post that their kitchen is licensed but many don’t.

There are strict rules governing home-based food businesses and local councils administer and enforce licenced food operators.

“It’s probably quite difficult to research that with an online seller if it’s a person operating from an unlicensed or unregulated premises like a backyard or a home.

People wanting to sell homemade food should register with their local council and complete their nationally recognised CFT Food Safety Training