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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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It’s Food Allergy Week, 13-19 May

There are now 10 food allergens.  Do you know them all?  Remain up to date with your food safety training to ensure you know all the allergens.

Facility managers must fully understand their obligations in food safety including an awareness of the ingredients in the food products that they handle, make, or sell.

It is vital that procedures and training are put in place to ensure managers and staff understand their obligations to declare known allergens in food. This applies whether the food sold is packaged or unpackaged.

Make sure your training is up to date.  Know the 10 food allergens!  RTO 21120


Responsible Service of Alcohol training

CFT International, RTO 21120, is the leading provider of RSA training Australia wide.

In Victoria Face-to-face RSA training is mandatory for licensees and staff selling, offering or serving liquor for general, on-premises, late night and packaged liquor licences.

Licensees and staff are subject to mandatory RSA requirements and have one month from the date they first sell, offer for sale or serve liquor on the licensed premises to complete an RSA program.

CFT delivers regular RSA classes throughout Victoria or for national training you can get your RSA certificate by training online with CFT today!

Cafe fails food safety requirements

A cafe in Sydney has been fined $15000 for failing to comply with food safety requirements.

It is not worth the risk to your customers or your business.  Make sure you are food safety compliant.

The dumpling restaurant was  fined for unsanitary kitchen conditions that could have “poisoned or even killed” its customers.

The restaurant was reportedly infested with cockroaches, had grease covered equipment, dirty floors, uncovered food on shelves and unsuitable hand-washing facilities for staff.

Magistrate Glenn Bartley said: “You could be in the Supreme Court on a manslaughter charge.

“It’s good luck rather than management customers weren’t poisoned or even killed.

“What we have is gross indifference to the health of customers, gross prolonged negligence”.

Clean Hands, Dirty Hands – food safety tips

Clean Hands, Dirty Hands – food safety tips

A teacher in the US showed her students the importance of washing our hands properly.  After having all the kids in her class touch a single slice of bread, she let the germs spread and grow moldy over time.

This is a simple, yet valuable aspect to running a clean, healthy food business.  Make sure you are aware of the 20 second rule for correct handwashing.  CFT International, RTO 21120, food safety training.


Teacher’s Science Experiment Reveals the Gross Importance of Washing Your Hands

A Tarantula on my Burger?

“Waiter, waiter there’s a tarantula on my burger” – food contamination can have serious food safety consequences.

Bull City Burger joint in U.S.A. is serving a spider burger as a fun gimmick to attract customers.   A spider burger might be fun to attract customers to buy their burgers but food business owners need to understand their obligation to ensure pests and animals do not enter the food premises.  Food contamination can have serious health impacts and strict food safety standards must be adhered to.

CFT International, RTO 21120, specialises in food safety training.

Who recalls food in Australia?

CFT assisting food businesses with food safety and food safety compliance

Who recalls food in Australia?  All food businesses!

Food businesses must –

  • notify their customers and local food enforcement agency when a food recall is needed.
  • provide information to FSANZ about the recalled food
  • Notify the public of the recall.

A food recall is action taken by a food business to remove unsafe food from distribution, sale and consumption. All food businesses must be able to quickly remove food from the marketplace to protect public health and safety.

CFT International, RTO 21120, are leading providers of food safety training throughout Australia.

How Australians Will Eat This Easter

The following article published by Australian Food News said that just under half of all Australians will eat chocolate for breakfast this Easter Sunday.

Looking into how Australians will eat this Easter, Woolworths found that around two thirds of Australians will eat Easter chocolate bunnies and half of all Australians will host an egg hunt.

More than 13.8 million Hot Cross Buns will be purchased from Woolworths this week and 80 per cent of Hot Cross Bun eaters will top their buns with butter.

Seafood will be popular with Woolworths expecting to sell over 270, 000 kilograms over Australian prawns and 130, 000 kilos of fresh Tasmanian salmon in the week before Easter.

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Seafood Safety at Easter

This post gives food safety tips to keep your seafood safe over Easter

Easter is Australia’s biggest time for eating seafood. Follow these food safety tips to keep your seafood safe over Easter to reduce the risk of food poisoning-

  1. Only purchase your seafood from a registered seafood supplier and check it is visibly fresh and is displayed chilled
  2. Transport your seafood home from the retailer in a cooler with enough ice blocks or ice to keep it chilled
  3. Once home put seafood in the fridge in a covered container and make sure your fridge is running at 5°C or below. Live shellfish, such as oysters, should be kept on ice and consumed as soon as possible after shucking.
  4. If the seafood is going to be cooked this will kill most bacteria but there could be a slight risk if it is consumed raw, for example raw oysters, sushi, sashimi. You will need to be particularly careful and hygienic in preparing these raw foods and also handling pre-cooked seafood such as cooked prawns.
  5. Seafood eaten raw or cold cooked prawns are not recommended for pregnant women, people with reduced immune systems or the elderly because of the risk of Listeria.
  6. Consume prawns and live shellfish as soon as possible after purchase when they are at their best and use other refrigerated seafood within 2 to 3 days.

Importantly if you are serving food for consumption make sure your food safety training is up to date.  CFT International, RTO 21120, is the leading provider of food safety training in Australia.  Visit our website to enrol CFT International.

A food handler diagnosed with highly infectious Hepatitis A

A food handler has been diagnosed with highly infectious Hepatitis A.  Don’t let this happen in your business! Be up to date with food safety.

A hepatitis A warning has been issued for recent diners at top restaurant Cumulus Inc.

People who ate at the venue between February 26 and March 19 have been advised to get vaccinated.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine and yellow skin and eyes.

Read the full article published by The Age newspaper