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Listeria. How to avoid it!

What is Listeria? Listeria is a bacteria that lives in natural environments, like food.

Listeria doesn’t usually effect healthy people. But it can cause severe illness in certain community groups include elderly, sick, pregnant, unborn babies and people with compromised immune systems.

To reduce the risk of listeria infection, follow these simple steps –

  1. Wash your hands properly using the 20 second rule;
  2. Wash fruit and vegies thoroughly;
  3. Avoid cross contamination by using separate knives and chopping boards;
  4. Store leftovers safely and eat them within 24 hours;
  5. Reheat leftovers until steaming hot.

To find out more visit www.foodstandards.gov.au/listeria

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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.

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.

Lunch-box Food Safety Tips

Returning to work and school in the soaring Aussie summer heat follow these useful Lunch-box Food Safety Tips.

The Food Safety Information Council launched their back to work and school food safety tips, with a focus on the risk of potentially deadly Listeria infection.

Council Chair, Rachelle Williams suggested some safer lunchtime options for those at risk:

  • Make your own lunch. This will be safer, but be extra careful with cleanliness in your own kitchen
  • Prepare your own salads and cut up your own fruit, but don’t use bagged salads, pre-cut fruit, or whole or cut rockmelon
  • Replace soft cheeses like camembert, brie, and fetta with hard ones like cheddar
  • You can bring leftovers from last night’s dinner for lunch, but don’t use refrigerated leftovers that are more than 24 hours old as Listeria bacteria can still grow under refrigeration. Keep them cool before lunch in the workplace fridge or an insulated container with a freezer block. Leftovers and other prepared food will last longer if frozen – make sure they are reheated correctly in the work microwave or oven
  • You can also purchase hot foods at lunchtime as cooking kills Listeria.

She offered 6 simple lunchbox food safety tips that everyone should follow for work or school lunchboxes:

  1. When buying lunchboxes, choose those that have room for a frozen drink or freezer block and are easy to clean and dry.
  2. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before preparing food, and wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  3. Make sure lunchbox foods are always kept separated from raw foods in the refrigerator, particularly raw meats, chicken, eggs in their shells, and fish.
  4. Keep the lunch cool in the fridge until you are ready to leave home, then put an ice brick in it and refrigerate as soon as you get to work (or keep in a cooler with ice bricks if you work outside.) Discard any higher risk foods such as sushi, salad, meat, poultry or eggs if not eaten within a day of you cooking or preparing them.
  5. Your child’s lunchbox will keep a safe temperature until lunchtime at school as long as it has a frozen drink or ice brick in it. During hot weather you may want to consider providing safer lunchbox alternatives, such as hard or processed cheese, tuna in a can or vacuum packed, or sandwich spreads.
  6. If your leftovers need reheating they must reach 75°C in the centre of the food, so either use a meat thermometer to check, or use the automatic reheat function in the work microwave and follow any prompts to stir the food or let it stand for a time after reheating.

To read more from the Council click here

Frozen vegetable product recalls

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today warned vulnerable people to check their freezers for recalled frozen vegetable products that are possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Acting FSANZ CEO Peter May said pregnant women, people whose immune systems are compromised (e.g. cancer patients) and elderly people, are at a much greater risk from Listeria infection.

“The products affected contain a particularly dangerous strain of Listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations,” Mr May said.

“While many people will follow cooking instructions properly (which should kill Listeria bacteria) we are aware that some people eat frozen vegetables straight from the freezer and there is a risk of some people not cooking produce properly.

Consumers who have the product in their freezer should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it. Consumers who have eaten the product and feel unwell should see a health professional.

More information

About Listeria monocytogenes (http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/safety/listeria/Pages/default.aspx)

Frozen vegetables product recall notice (http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Frozen-Vegetables-.aspx)

The products affected are: 

Woolworths – Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes – National distribution Best Before 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020

Woolworths – Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g – National distribution, all stock

IGA – Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g – National distribution Best Before all dates

IGA – Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn – National distribution Best Before all dates

ALDI – Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg – National distribution

ALDI – Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores Product of Hungary (only)

ALDI – Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (only)

ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g – National distribution

ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g – National distribution

ALDI: Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.

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

For further information please contact:

Woolworths 1800 103 515, ALDI 1800 709 993, Metcash