A ‘horror year’ for food poisoning

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The theme for Australian Food Safety Week has been announced as ‘Food Poisoning – take it seriously!’

The week is to be held from 10 to 17 November 2018.

Food Safety Information Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, says 2018 has been a horror year so far for food poisoning.

“The Listeria outbreak linked to Australian rockmelons earlier this year resulted in six tragic deaths and a woman miscarrying,” she said.

“This was followed by a recall of imported frozen vegetables which was linked to 47 listeria cases and nine deaths in Europe. About 26 people in Australiacontracted hepatitis A from imported frozen pomegranates and a woman died in June,” Ms Williams said.

“We know food poisoning is a serious issue so this year we are calling on people who have been affected by food poisoning to share their stories to help us get our food safety messages across.”

She encouraged consumers to use this link to let the Council know their story, either identified or anonymously, and how it affected them and their family.

“During the 2018 Australian Food Safety Week we particularly want to help those who are at greater risk if they do get food poisoning such as pregnant women, the elderly and people with poor immune systems.”

A downloadable package of material for use in Australian Food Safety Week events, including a draft media release, an online quiz and posters will be available in September 2018.

She said the 2017 Australian Food Safety Week ‘Is it done yet? Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time’ was highly successful.

Following significant PR and advertising, a pre and post campaign survey found a 1% increase in safe cooking temperature knowledge and that cooking temperature knowledge was higher among people who owned thermometers.

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