Heat on food safety

Published Thursday, 9th November 2017

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In recognition of Food Safety Week (11-18 November), Fairfield City Council reminds the community to take heed of food safety measures to minimise the risk of illness.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Food Safety Week served as an important reminder of safe food preparation and cooking practices for the community, with this year’s theme “Is it done yet?” placing a focus on thermometer use.

“Food safety is taken seriously by Council and Food Safety Week is a great opportunity to promote safe food and cooking practices, which minimise the risk of illness,” Mayor Carbone said.

A survey by the Food Safety Information Council found that, of those polled, 75% didn’t have a food thermometer in their household. Of the 25% who did, only 44% had used it in the previous month.

“Food-associated illness affects more than 4.1 million Australians a year, which is why Council’s Environmental Health team continuously promotes safe food preparation to residents and businesses across the City.”

To help reduce the number of preventable illnesses, Council and the Food Safety Information Council encourage the community to buy a food thermometer to ensure food is cooked safely.

“Whether it be for the regular family dinner or a special occasion with friends or family, it is vital that safe food practices are observed to ensure everyone can enjoy a bite to eat without falling ill,” Mayor Carbone said.

Please visit foodsafety.asn.au to find out more about Food Safety Week.