Bad Bugs In Winter Food

Today marks the start of winter and Australians are being warned about the risks of food poisoning from winter foods like casseroles and soups.

Chair of the Food Safety Council, Rachelle Williams, said “although many people associate food poisoning with hot weather, Australians need to be wary of the dangers in cooking big winter meals like casseroles.”

“Cooking in bulk is cost effective, saves time and reduces food waste,” Williams said.

“However, we need to be extra careful handling these large amounts of food because, if they are left to cool slowly, bacteria can grow and produce dangerous toxins that won’t be destroyed by further cooking,” she said.

The Food Safety Council suggests dividing hot food into smaller portions and to refrigerate or freeze the food as soon as it stops steaming.

“Refrigerated leftovers should be used or frozen within 2 to 3 days,” says Williams.

“They will keep several months in the freezer. When reheating food ensure that it is hot all the way through, follow any microwave instructions to stir it or leave it to stand and use a thermometer to ensure it is at least 75°C in the centre,” she said.

The Council has also warned Australians using slow cookers to always follow instructions and make sure food is held at 60°C or above.

To minimize the risks of serving food poisoning to your customers you should ensure your food safety training is up to date.  Visit http://www.cft.com.au to enrol for your training.

 

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What if I train my staff and they leave?

Worse still what if you don’t train them and they stay??

All food businesses need to comply with Staff Training Program – 3.2.2 Clause 3 (1) 

 

To demonstrate the effectiveness of its training Program, a business must:

  • Document how the food business ensures staff have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene (e.g. induction program, in-house or external courses) and keep corresponding records of training conducted. (e.g. training matrix or certificates),
  • Document the components of food safety and food hygiene training undertaken (e.g.cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods; temperature monitoring criteria, personal hygiene; cleaning and sanitising premises)
  • A business should also conduct a review of staff training needs and competencies on a regular basis (e.g. annually)

For food safety and food hygiene training options go to www.trainingonlinefs.edu.au

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This training is for food handlers and food safety supervisors in the Hospitality, Retail, Aged Care , Childcare, Health and Community services as well as the Food Processing Industry.

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Good food hygiene is an essential part of ensuring that the food you serve is safe to eat

It protects the reputation of your business and will help in preventing a potential food poisoning outbreak.
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This training is for food handlers and food safety supervisors in the Hospitality, Retail, Aged Care , Childcare, Health and Community services as well as the Food Processing Industry.
The Food Safety Supervisor course has been created to meet Australian legal requirements and is approved by the NSW Food Authority.
For food safety and food hygiene training options go to www.cft.com.au