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Pork Pies Cause South Australia Salmonella Outbreak

March 23, 2017

Five confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning have been linked to pies baked by The Pork Pie Shop in Victor Harbor, South Australia, with other non-confirmed cases also being reported throughout the state. The source of the outbreak was identified on Wednesday this week after four people between the ages of 54 and 80 were hospitalised after eating the items. Both the Ascot pies and pork pies produced by the bakery are thought to be affected. The Pork Pie Shop bakes around 350 pork pies a w ...

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Possum Parmigiana Please Waiter!

January 10, 2017

Would you eat a possum? Whether salivating or spewing at the thought, it’s looking more likely this year in South Australia. Did you know that game meats such as goat, rabbit, hare, kangaroo and wallaby can be slaughtered, sold and consumed legally in SA already? However, there are changes coming into effect that will mean buffalo, camel, deer, donkey, horse, kangaroo, rabbit, possum or wallaby killed in the wild will also become legal to eat. Animal welfare groups are outraged by the ne ...

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Food Safety For Your Festive Feast

December 20, 2016

Christmas is a time of sharing and caring. Friends and family are embraced, gifts are exchanged, and of course, food is eaten. In a time of such joy, many forget to consider food safety when preparing, transporting and storing their festive feast. Preparing Food If making meals at home, you must always wash your hands thoroughly and keep equipment clean. Once meals have finished cooking, it's important to place them into a refrigerator or freezer once they stop steaming. Never cool food at roo ...

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Avoid Food Poisoning From Leftovers This Holiday Season

December 16, 2016

Every year around Christmas, there's a spike in food poisoning incidents across Australia. There are a number of factors that contribute to this - the warmer weather, the preparation of foods that we're not accustomed to cooking, and the prevalence of leftovers. Of course, there are many benefits that come along with saving leftovers. Saving food for use at a later date can help to prevent overeating. It can help avoid waste and save your family money. What’s more, it gives you the opportu ...

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Salmonella Tainted Eggs Cause Illness in Hundreds of People

December 9, 2016

Hundreds of people in 10 different countries have been found to be suffering from Salmonella Enteritidis due to contaminated eggs. 360 people are known to have been affected by the outbreak, which has been traced to eggs from a producer in Poland. So far, it is believed to have caused one death. According to the European Food Safety Authority, it was thought that the outbreak had run its course after 260 cases in 7 countries were identified between May and October 2016. However, authoritie ...

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General Food Safety Supervisor Training Information

November 10, 2016

The main role of a business’s Food Safety Supervisor is to ensure that the customers, staff and the business itself are kept safe. To do this the Food Safety Supervisor needs to be aware of what their responsibilities are know how to meet them – which is why it is essential to complete the proper training. The role of a Food Safety Supervisor is to monitor and maintain food safety in a food business. This is an important role and carries with it certain responsibilities, which if not met ...

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Food labelled gluten-free often found to contain gluten

October 12, 2016

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, and conducted by researchers at the University of Western Australia, has found that food products imported into Australia labelled “gluten-free” often contain gluten. The presence of gluten in imported food products is mostly due to the Australian definition of gluten-free being different from the international standard. The Australian standard dictates that foods labelled gluten-free must contain “no detectable gluten”. Yet, ...

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Kitchen Bacteria – Where it Grows and How to Fight it

September 22, 2016

The majority of people don’t realise that the most germ-ridden place in their household is the kitchen. Due to the preparation of raw food products, the kitchen makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Unlike restaurants, home kitchens are not formally examined by health inspectors and most of us do not have formal training in how to manage food properly. For this reason, it’s important for us to be aware of the potential dangers lurking in our kitchens and to be cautious with how ...

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Tips for Buying Fruit and Vegetables

August 30, 2016

Between selection, purchase and preparation there is a lot to consider when buying fresh produce. This guide will show you the food safety hazards to avoid and the tips and tricks that can make your produce selection more nutritious and more cost effective. From supermarket shelf to your kitchen counter, this is Food Safety First's top tips for buying fruit and vegetables. Don’t buy produce that is bruised or damaged It's a great place for bacteria to hide and spread rapidly to the rest ...

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Popping Poison Candy Plagues North Brisbane School

August 3, 2016

Four children were hospitalised in a school in Deception Bay on Monday after ingesting what was believed to be a new type of ‘popping candy’. Deception Bay North State School were faced with a toxic emergency after a 9 year old girl fed a poisonous campfire product to 25 of her peers. One of the students, Leilani Nanai was the first to try the product and told 612 ABC that “the girl who was giving it out had ripped the part of the packet where it said ‘fire’ to make it seem it wasn ...

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