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9 November 2018
The City of Kwinana is rewarding local businesses for safe food handling practices as part of Australian Food Safety Week.
The theme of this year's Food Safety Week is 'food poisoning – take it seriously'. This follows a Listeria outbreak linked to Australian rockmelons earlier this year which resulted in seven tragic deaths and a miscarriage.
"We need to remember that food poisoning isn't just a minor stomach upset – it should be taken seriously as it can be fatal," said Mayor Adams.
Listeria are bacteria that are widely found in the environment, so most raw foods are likely to be contaminated. Food businesses must follow strict food handling guidelines, including hygiene and temperature control, but some food poisoning occurs through poor handling once the food has arrived in a home.
"It's not just raw foods that can cause food poisoning," Mayor Adams said.
"It's important to remember that cooked foods can easily become re-contaminated through poor food handling after cooking," she said.
If a food business within Kwinana handles or sells any food that requires temperature control, then it must have a thermometer. The thermometer should be able to be inserted into food and must be accurate to +/-1°C. Display units with a temperature will only show the operating temperatures and not the actual temperature of the food.
During Food Safety Week the City of Kwinana wants to know what local businesses are doing to promote food safety. Businesses are encouraged to submit their ideas to the City by 19 November for their chance to win a brand new Acurite digital waterproof thermometer.
Community members also have a chance to win a brand new Acurite digital waterproof thermometer by filling out the City's food safety week survey.
Find out more about listeria and test your knowledge with a food safety quiz on the Food Safety Information Council website.
Complete the Food Safety Week Survey.