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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.

Food containing listeria caused death of women

Our hearts go out to the family of the 80 year old women who was discovered to have consumed a number of high risks foods containing listeriosis.

The bacteria is most dangerous in foods such as soft cheeses, hams and sliced meats and fruits such as rockmelon.

People who are elderly, pregnant or have compromised health are most at risk of developing listeriosis, which can be fatal. Read the full article here.

It is vital that food handlers understand correct food handling procedures and food hygiene.

Raw egg butter blamed for Salmonella outbreak

Raw egg butter used at three Adelaide bakeries is to blame for a salmonella outbreak that hospitalised 19 people, SA Health has revealed.

A total of 51 people have fallen ill since the outbreak started.

Raw egg products can be risky if not appropriately handled. The bakeries were advised to stop using raw egg butter, which is similar to mayonnaise.

SA Health’s Dr Fay Jenkins advised “Many food poisoning outbreaks have been associated with foods containing raw or partially-cooked eggs, such as aioli, mayonnaise, hollandaise or tartare sauce and mousse,”

“The external shell of eggs may contain harmful bacteria such as salmonella, and while eggs may not necessarily look or smell ‘off’, they may be contaminated.

“It’s important to check that eggs are clean and not cracked or dirty — and those that are should be thrown out.

“Preparation surfaces and utensils should be thoroughly washed, sanitised and dried after handling eggs, and remember to think of raw eggs like raw meat, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.”

Don’t see your business in a harmful news article. Ensure you are up to date with you safe food handling skills and knowledge. Enrol with CFT food safety training.

Food Safety classes, Park Orchards

CFT is delivering Food Safety classes at Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre.

When: Friday 22 February, 9:30am – 5:30pm Half day for Level 1 / Full day for Supervisor (levels 1 & 2)
Codes: Food Safety Level 1 – Follow Basic Food Safety Practices – HLTFSE001 , SITXFSA001

Food Safety Supervisor – HLTFSE001 and HLTFSE005 and HLTFSE007 (required for Aged Care, Childcare and Hospitals)

SITXFSA001 & SITXFSA002 required for restaurants, cafes, shops, canteens, etc.Click here to enrol. Spaces are limited – Don’t miss out!

All training delivered and assessments by CFT International, RTO 21120. Visit www.cft.com.au.

15 confirmed Salmonella cases from SA bakery chain

This type of outbreak should not occur. It is vital that all people preparing, handling and selling food for consumption know the importance of food hygiene and proper food preparation.

The number of confirmed salmonella cases linked to a northern suburbs Vietnamese bakery chain in Adelaide has risen to 15, with 11 people hospitalised.

The people had eaten Vietnamese pork rolls, Banh Mi Thit, from purchased from the chain of bakeries.

Environmental and food samples were taken from all the stores.

Cleaning and sanitising procedures were also evaluated and will continue to be observed.

Early investigations indicate the cases could be linked to raw egg butter, pate or BBQ pork ingredients.  Tests results should be known early next week.

Symptoms of salmonella usually last for three to seven days and can include fever, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.

With so many regulations and industry requirements salmonella outbreaks should not happen.  It is vital that all people preparing, handling and selling food for consumption know the importance of food hygiene and food preparation and remain fully trained. 

Click here to read the full article from ABC news.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/salmonella-linked-to-vietnamese-rolls-from-adelaide-bakery/10812254