Salmonella outbreak in Canberra closes two cafes

An outbreak of salmonella has forced two popular Canberra cafes to close their doors while they were investigated by health inspectors.

In a statement, HPS said health inspectors had uncovered problems “related with food handling processes and procedures” at both stores.

“The cafes will be closed until such time as the identified issues have been rectified,” the statement said.

The closure of the cafes for ‘serious food safety breaches’ and “risk to public health” is a scary reminder of the extreme importance of ensuring all food handlers are properly trained and aware of best safe food handling practises.
Click the link to read the articles about the closure of two cafes in Canberra.  If you haven’t updated your Food Safety Training don’t leave it too late!

Tips for Reducing the Risk of Bad Bugs in your Food

A recent salmonella outbreak linked to prepackaged lettuce from a farm in Victoria has left 62 people sick, with worries more might be coming forward.

There are reports the outbreak might also be linked to illness in Queensland and South Australia. Authorities across the country have recalled products with best before dates leading up to and including 14 February.

How can we help to protect ourselves ? –
Using whole, unprocessed vegetables and washing them thoroughly will reduce the risk of poisoning.

Good food handling practises will too. These include washing and drying hands thoroughly before food preparation, appropriate storage of foods, and separation of raw foods (particularly meat) from foods that have already been cooked or don’t require cooking.

Consumers may choose to rewash bagged leaves.

Here is the link to read more –
http://www.sbs.com.au/…/salmonella-your-salad-cost-convenie…

Photograph Joern Pollex/Getty Images.

Foodborne illness declines in Australia

Foodborne illness declines in Australia

By Joe Whitworth+, 23-Oct-2014

Foodborne illness has declined 17% overall in Australia but the number of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases has risen.

Click the link below to read more from http://www.foodqualitynews.com

http://www.foodqualitynews.com/R-D/Salmonella-and-Campylobacter-rates-up

Are we sending our kids to school with lunch boxes crammed with sugar?

It’s back to school this week! … are parents sending their kids along with lunch boxes filled with sugar?

Channel 9 News reported that many children will return to school with lunch boxes crammed with snacks containing up to 12 teaspoons of sugar! for tips and ideas on how to beat the sugary lunch box, click the link below to see the full report –

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/school-lunchboxes-filled-with-sugar/vp-AAmoSYe

Are your school canteen workers properly trained to be providing food to children?

Food safety in school canteens is essential, particularly as children can be more vulnerable to food borne illness. It is recommended best practise to ensure that at least 1 staff member or parent managing your school canteen has had adequate Food Safety Training.

CFT International specialises in accredited Food Safety Training that will meet your duty-of-care obligations. We deliver high quality training with face-to-face, online or correspondence training options.

A Food Safety Supervisor needs 2 units of competence:
SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety and
SITXFSA002 – Participate in safe food handling practices

Please give us a call on 1300 665 633 or email support@cft.com.au to discuss how we can assist you with your training.

 

Avoiding Food Poisoning at Summer Picnics

Summer is here and the heat is on!

So too is the added risk of food poisoning which is unsurprisingly more common in summer months. Here are some great tips to help you avoid food poisoning from summer picnics.

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2017/01/06/how-avoid-food-poisoning-summer-picnics

Listeria Outbreak

One person is dead and six others have fallen ill from listeria food poisoning in Victoria. Health authorities are warning people to take care with food, especially over the Christmas and New Year periods with rising temperatures and sharing of food.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/12/22/food-poisoning-takes-deadly-turn-vic

‘Tis the Season To… not get food poisoning!

An estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning occur every year in Australia! As the summer temperatures rise so to do the risks of obtaining food poisoning. It is important to ensure food is prepared using appropriate procedures, refrigerated at cold enough temperatures and cooked correctly.

Following is an article SBS Food Editor, Charmaine Yabsley, giving some tips on how best to protect yourself, your friends and family against a viscous attack of food poisoning this summer!

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2016/12/12/tis-season-making-sure-our-festive-feasts-are-safe-eat

 

Food Recall Plan template

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has developed a Food Recall Plan template to help food businesses manage recalls.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said every food business needs to be able to quickly remove unsafe food from the marketplace to protect the health and safety of consumers.

“The template developed by FSANZ is particularly aimed at helping smaller businesses ensure they have a food recall plan in place and know what to do if something goes wrong,” Mr McCutcheon said.

“The Food Recall Plan template is in an easy to follow, quick-reference style document that will help businesses manage food recalls.

“This resource is an important addition to our other food recall resources for businesses, such as the Food Industry Recall Protocol.”

The Food Recall Plan template and Food Industry Recall Protocol are both available for download from the FSANZ website.

More information

Food Recall Plan template

Food Industry Recall Protocol

Food safety NSW re-accreditation $115.00

Your NSW Food Authority  Food Safety Supervisor certificate will need to be re-certified every 5 years

Food Safety Supervisor certificates expire five years from the date of issue, with the first round due to expire from the 1st of September 2015.

Should your Food Safety Supervisor certificate be close to expiring and you wish to continue to be the Food Safety Supervisor for a hospitality or retail food business, you will need to undertake recertification training with a Registered Training Organisation (such as Training Online Food Safety ) approved under the Food Safety Supervisor Program.

Food businesses have 30 working days from the date printed on the certificate to ensure their appointed Food Safety Supervisor renews their training and obtains a new FSS certificate.

This new certification will include training in three key focus areas – cleaning and sanitising, safe egg handling and allergen management.

You will need to provide us with a copy of the NSW Food Authority Certificate that you currently hold.

The FSS recertification training ensures an individual has knowledge of food safety requirements, the skills to manage food safety risks in the workplace, and can meet the essential units of competency. The training cycle of five years supports a highly skilled and compliant hospitality and retail food sector in NSW.

go to http://www.trainingonlinefs.edu.au/ and begin your training at anytime.