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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

Food Safety Elert: Vic’s Meat BONE-IN HAM HALF LEG Re-called

Vic’s Premium Quality Meat is conducting a recall of the above product. The product has been available for sale at Simon Johnson, Victor Churchill and Vic’s Meat Brisbane in NSW, QLD and WA.

Product details:

  • Vic’s Meat BONE-IN HAM HALF LEG 4.5kg, cardboard box (2 types used) – Brown cardboard box with Victor Churchill illustration, White cardboard box with Vic’s meat illustration
  • Best Before 29/01/2019

Problem: The recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination.

Food safety hazard: Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.

Country of origin: Australia

What to do: Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact Vic’s Premium Quality Meat on (02) 9317 6900 or via 

7 Mistakes in the Kitchen to avoid this Xmas, CFT Food Safety training

See the 7  Mistakes in the Kitchen to avoid this Xmas published by Queensland Health, CFT Food Safety training.

It is so important to handle food correctly in the kitchen and to know how to store left overs properly – all to avoid food poisoning.  There is nothing festive about food poisoning!  To avoid spreading these nasty bugs here’s a list of mistakes to avoid-

  1. An overloaded and disorganised fridge – Remember how to store food groups correctly to avoid cross contamination – keeping raw food away from cooked food.  We cover the area of cross contamination in our food safety training.
  2. Washing your turkey before cooking it – Cooking your turkey thoroughly will kill harmful bacteria so there’s no need to wash it.  Washing raw meat can increase the spread of bacteria that can lead to gastro.
  3. No pest control – Let’s face it, they are always around us.  Keep food covered in air-tight containers and use lids.  Rather than spraying harmful chemicals keep food covered.
  4. Using the same chopping board for everything – Invest in colour-coded multiple chopping boards.  Prevent cross contamination by using different chopping boards for different food groups.
  5. If it looks and smells good you can eat it – Wrong! You can’t always tell if something is safe to eat by its look, smell or even taste.  Ensure you refrigerate leftovers immediately and use within 2 days.  Food left out of the fridge for more than 4 hours should be thrown up.
  6. Using one pair of tongs for the BBQ – Use separate utensils to flip raw and serve cooked meat and vegies.
  7. Thawing food on the bench – Defrost foods in the fridge (allow enough time for frozen meat) or the microwave.  Not on the bench as the room tempature can quickly cause bacterial growth.

Brought to you by Feel Good Facts, a Queensland Health initiative

Because there is nothing festive about food poisoning, be diligent in ensuring your food has been handled safely.

To update your knowledge enrol in CFT food safety training today!



The top 5 Festive Season Safety Tips concerning Alcohol Service

‘Tis the Season for eating more, drinking more and being merry!  Read the top 5 Festive Season Safety Tips from LGR QLD.  CFT, leaders in Food Safety and RSA training.

More people are out and about during the festive season. During this busy time, be aware of your obligations to provide a safe environment for patrons and staff, both in and around your venue. Ensure your staff are always practising responsible service of alcohol. Here are some tips from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland-

  1. Crowd control: Don’t allow areas to become congested, and manage patron numbers and queues. Employ the right ratio of security to patrons. Deal with any incidents quickly and record them in an incident register.
  2. Drinking water: Most licensees are required to make free drinking water available to patrons. Even where not mandatory, it’s good practice.
  3. Noise: More patrons can create more noise, which may disturb your neighbours. Keep noise levels down by discouraging people from lingering outside your venue. For example, have strategies in place to ensure patrons are transported away from your licensed premises when they leave.
  4. Patron behaviour: Detect and deal with disorderly patrons and slow service of liquor before patrons become unduly intoxicated. Remember, it is illegal to serve alcohol to, or allow alcohol to be consumed by an underage, unduly intoxicated or disorderly person.
  5. Refusal of service: You have the right to refuse service or entry if: 
  • a patron is unduly intoxicated or disorderly
  • the safety of the patron or others is in jeopardy
  • you consider the refusal of service warranted. 

You also have the right to ask a person to leave a licensed premises if the person is unduly intoxicated, disorderly or creating a disturbance.


To read more click here.

CFT International is the leading provider of food safety and RSA training.  Enrol today to complete your online RSA certificate.  For Victorian residents you must attend a class to obtain your RSA certificate.  Email us at to find out where our next RSA class will be delivered.  Click here for more information about RSA requirements throughout Australia.

How to keep your kid’s lunchbox safe

Follow these tips that tell you how to keep your kid’s lunchbox safe, CFT International Food Safety training.

As Australia heats up and summer temperatures soar, so too does the risk of illness from eating unsafe food.  Follow these tips from the Food Safety Information Council – how to keep your kid’s lunchbox safe during the sizzling summer months.

Follow these 5 simple lunchbox food safety tips:

  • When buying lunchboxes choose ones that have room for a frozen drink or freezer block and are easy to clean and dry.
  • Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before preparing food.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  • Make sure lunchbox foods are always well separated from other foods in the refrigerator, particularly raw meats, chicken and fish.
  • Keep the lunch cool in the fridge until you are about to leave home.

Click here to read the full article from the Council.

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.”

image: google.

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

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