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National Food Safety Week 11-18 November 2017

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As part of Food Safety Week the Shire of Chittering is urging community members to buy and use a food thermometer.

A Food Safety Information Council survey has found that 75% of Australians surveyed reported that there wasn’t a food thermometer in their household and only 44% of those with a thermometer reported using it over the previous month.

There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year that result in 31,920 hospitalisations, 86 deaths and 1 million visits to doctors. There are also escalating rates of Campylobacter and Salmonella infection which are particularly linked to poorly cooked poultry and egg dishes.

To help reduce this number, we are encouraging all Australians to pick up a food thermometer from their local homeware store and learn how to use it properly. This will not only ensure safer food but you will also be able to cook the perfect piece of meat.

Here are four simple tips on how to use a food thermometer:

  1. Follow any instructions on the thermometer’s packaging.
  2. You should place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food and as close to the centre as possible and it should not touch bone, fat, or gristle.
  3. Start checking the temperature toward the end of cooking, but before you expect it to be done.
  4. Be sure to clean the stem of your food thermometer before and after each use.

The importance of correct temperature control in cooking, storing and reheating food is critical to prevent cases of food poisoning. At this time of year, with end-of-year work parties, home and commercial catering for Christmas and New Year looming, don’t take temperature control for granted – get a thermometer and make sure the temperature is right – you’ll be glad you did!

 

You can find a list of the correct cooking temperatures and you can test your knowledge with a food safety quiz on the Food Safety Information Council website www.foodsafety.asn.au.

 

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For further information please contact Glenn Sargeson, Principal Environmental Health Officer on 9576 4600 or via chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

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