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Food safety training, any where; any time!

Food safety online training, any where; any time!

CFT offers online food safety training so our students can enjoy the flexibility of training with us any where; any time!

CFT are the leading providers of food safety training for hospitality and retail, community & health and food processing industries.

We also offer RSA training, Victorian in-class, and RSA national online training.

Visit our website.  Email with any questions.

CFT International, RTO #21120.

Food allergens and food safety

Advice about food safety and allergens.

There are ten common allergens.  These contribute to over 90% of food allergies and are legally required to be declared on labels.
A food allergy is a response by the body to a protein that the body “thinks” is harmful.
There is no cure for a food allergy.  The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid eating the food containing the protein.
There is no safe limit for exposure to an allergen.
Always treat an allergy request seriously. Ensure your staff know what ingredients are in the food you make or sell.
Knowing your food products and effectively communicating product information is the key to ensuring safety of your customers with food allergies.
Make sure you and your staff are up to date with your food safety training.

The humble tea towel could lead to food poisoning, CFT food safety tips

Studies have shown the humble kitchen tea towel could be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria.  This post gives you some food safety advice from CFT International.

Researchers from the University of Mauritius performed tests on 100 cloth towels they collected from participants that had been used over a month.

The results found 49 of the samples had bacterial growth including Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Almost half the towels had bacteria growing on them.  E.coli was more likely to develop on towels that had been left to sit damp.

The number of people in a household, particularly the number of children, also increased the bacterial growth, as did the diet of the residents — meat eaters’ towels had more bacteria, the study’s lead author Dr Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal, a senior lecturer in health sciences found.

Food poisoning affects approximately 1.4 million Australian each year, and symptoms can range from a minor headache to severe stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and nausea.

If you don’t throw your tea towel in the wash after each time you dry a load of dishes, then you could be exposing yourself to food poisoning-causing bacteria.

That’s the message from Rachelle Williams, chair of the Food Safety Information Council, who says you never want to leave a wet tea towel hanging on a kitchen hook.

Remember to stay up to date with food safety training.  CFT can help!

Lupin labelling now mandatory in Australia and New Zealand

Lupin labelling now mandatory.  After 26 May 2018 all businesses are required to declare lupins on the label where they are present in food or ingredients.

Food service staff must now also check for lupin on the label of a product, ensuring they provide accurate information when a customer asks about allergens in foods that are being served.
Following a twelve-month transition period from the date of gazettal, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin commenced on 26 May 2018.

FSANZ CEO, Mark Booth, said lupin is a legume which belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, and has the potential to be an allergen.

In Australia, lupin has not typically been used in food, however, due to its high protein and fibre content we are seeing an increase in its use,” Mr Booth said.

Any foods that contain lupin must declare it on the label from 26 May 2018 – even if it’s already on the shelf.”

Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses get it right.”

Even if the food is not in a package (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), allergen information must be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested,” Mr Booth said.

This article is reproduced with permission of The Allergen Bureau Limited.
Further information about lupin allergy can be accessed on the FSANZ website.
Be aware of your responsibilities as an operator of a food business. Visit CFT Food Safety training.

Food Safety & RSA training in Melbourne next week!

CFT Food Safety and RSA classes on next week.  Enrol today!

Don’t miss out… contact the centre to enrol now!

  • Food Safety training is provided across the Hospitality (SITX codes), Community & Health Services (HLT codes) or Food Processing (FDF codes) industries.
  • RSA training SITHFAB002 – Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Victoria (National Unit)

Our food safety training courses meet the requirements for the Food Safety Supervisor and the Australian Food Standards throughout Australia.

All training delivered by CFT International, RTO 21120 is nationally accredited.

Any questions?  Please email or call on 1300 665 633.

Gluten-free food that isn’t gluten-free, a health risk

9% or 1-in-10 “gluten-free” foods sold at cafes and restaurants across Melbourne actually contained gluten, an undercover study has found.

Gastroenterologist Jason Tye-Din from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute said gluten posed serious long-term health risks to people with coeliac disease.  The disease — an allergy to gluten that causes damage to the intestine — affects approximately one in 70 Australians.

It has been suggested that improving training to staff about gluten-free food is an important step to ensure safe gluten-free food.

Gluten can be found in grains like wheat, rye, barley and oats.  The foods included common menu items such as burgers, risottos and banana bread.

The researchers noted improvements in staff awareness, with franchised food outlets more likely to train staff and comply with food laws.

There are now 10 food allergens that food businesses need to be aware of.  Enrol into Food Safety online training today!

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Victorian RSA to target underage drinking

As part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, the Victorian Government expects to close a loophole that allows minors to drink on a licensed premises with parental permission.  The changes effectively stop parents buying their teenager a glass of wine or a beer with their meal during a family dinner at the pub.

Australian Hotels Association Victoria (AHA Vic) CEO, Paddy O’Sullivan said the provision was out of date and removing it would clarify the law while reflecting current attitudes towards alcohol consumption by minors.  “As a general rule publicans do not allow that to happen. It’s not the look you want – it doesn’t reflect community attitudes, it’s not appropriate,” O’Sullivan said in a statement.

The AHA has also pushed for a removal of the requirement of venues to keep an RSA register, in addition to having all of their staff’s RSA and refresher certificates on hand.

Safeguard your business and ensure your staff have their RSA certificates.  CFT International are currently running RSA courses throughout Victoria.  Contact us for venue and dates.

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Pets and food safety

Remember these food safety tips and keep pets out of areas where you are preparing food, especially kitchen benchtops.

Pets can share more than love with your family – bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi which can be transmitted to humans, especially young children, through bites, poop, saliva or dander.

Australians have the highest rate of pet ownership in the world, at 62% of households owning a pet.   It is important to be vigilant at keeping your family safe.  Here are a few more food safety tips from the Food Safety Information Council –

  • As always, wash you hands with soap and dry thoroughly before handling food and after handling your pet, their food or toys.
  • Don’t let your pets lick or take food from your plate.
  • Always wash your hands after cleaning out cages, fish tanks and cat litter and after picking up after your dog.
  • When out walking your dog, and if you have been picking up poop, make sure you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you eat or drink anything.
  • Birds, including your backyard chooks, and reptiles have been linked to salmonella infections in people. Make sure you and your children wash your hands after handling them or cleaning their environment.
  • Carefully check any eggs for cracks, wipe off any visible dirt with a dry cloth or paper towel but don’t wash the eggs in water – this can transfer the contamination into the egg contents. Always wash your hands after collecting eggs.
  • Cats may pass on salmonella infections if they eat raw meat or eat wild birds or animals. It is best to feed them commercially prepared food and try to keep them inside.
  • If you grow your own fruit and vegetables make sure your pets or wild animals can’t poop where you are growing food.

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Contact CFT International, RTO 21120, to enrol into food safety training today!