Monthly Archives: March 2019

What you need to know about food recalls

Rachel Clemens from Choice magazine wrote the following advice about why food recalls happen, and how to find out about them.

“At least one food product is pulled from shelves each week in Australia. 

Considering the millions of different foods you can buy from supermarkets and other food retailers, it’s a tiny proportion. 

But the potential harm to us if these recalls didn’t happen – or if we’re not aware of them – can be significant. In some cases it’s a matter of life and death.

So what causes food recalls, and how do you make sure you know about them?” click here to read the full article.

Urgent Egg Recall

Any consumers who have purchased eggs that have been produced by Bridgewater Poultry should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them in the rubbish bin. DO NOT dispose of these eggs in a compost bin. Click here for the eggs produced by Bridgewater Poultry.

Consumers are also advised they MUST NOT feed these eggs to any domestic animals or livestock.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection, also known as salmonellosis, should see their doctor.

Everyday things that can make you sick, surprise!

And, quite a few of them are related to food handling and food hygiene.

Business Insider Australia consulted medical experts and discovered a few things which seemed harmless could actually assist in making us sick. Here’s a few of them-

  • Washing raw meat actually increases your chances of getting food poisoning
  • The ‘5-second rule,’ can be risky!
  • Drinking out of public drinking fountains can harbour cold and flu viruses
  • Touching your face can spread viruses
  • Thawing food at room temperature gives bacteria time to breed


And there are a few more points listed. To read the full article published by Business Insider Australia, click here.

Update your food handling skills with CFT Food Safety training.

Think before you blow out the candles!

USA Senator Mitt Romney’s unusual technique for blowing out the candles on his birthday cake has puzzled social media.

Instead of just blowing out the candles in one go, he plucks them off the cake and proceeds to blow them out individually, one by one. But why does he do this? Most people concluded it was for sanitary reasons. And they were correct!

According to research from Clemson University blowing out birthday candles may actually increase cake bacteria by up to 1,400 percent. Yum.

Rest assured, the spread oral bacteria or respiratory droplets, does not actually mean that anyone who eats the cake is in any serious trouble. But if you’re sick you should think twice about blowing out your candles, and opting for a personal cake, cupcake, or slice instead.

And that is exactly what Mitt Romney told TMZ
“I have a bit of a cold and I didn’t want to spray my germs all over the twinkies for everybody else to eat!” Mystery solved! 


https://youtu.be/0RAX86BddWA

Food Recalls up in 2018 and allergen labelling requirements

Nearly half of food recalls in 2018 were due to undeclared allergen information.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has reported that food recalls increased in 2018 to 100, up from 69 in 2017. Nearly half recalls were due to undeclared allergens, followed by bacterial contamination.

Allergen labelling is mandatory and food businesses need to be aware of their obligations.

FSANZ has identified four key causes of allergen-related recalls, including lack of skills and knowledge of labelling requirements, supplier verification, packaging errors and accidental cross contamination.

FSANZ CEO Mr Mark Booth “Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies, so it is vital that food businesses meet labelling requirements.”

CFT Food Safety training gives comprehensive information about food allergens and labelling requirements. Speak to us or enrol today.

Food Safety Class in Brunswick

CFT is delivering Food Safety Level 1 at Brunswick Neighbourhood House on Wednesday 13 March, 9:30am – 1:30pm.

Food Safety Level 1 – Follow Basic Food Safety Practices – SITXFSA001

This course is for people working in the hospitality or retail food jobs like: Kitchen hands, cooks, chefs, catering staff, food and beverage attendants, sandwich hands, café and fast food outlet cooking crew, catering operations or retail food outlets including canteen staff and after School Care

Enrol today! Phone: 9386 9418 or Email: info@bnhc.vic.edu.au

Brunswick Neighbourhood House is located at 43a DeCarle Street, Brunswick.

All training and assessments delivered by CFT International, RTO 21120.