Food safety focus
Residents in the city are urged not to become one of the estimated 4.1 million people to get food poisoning in Australia.
This week is Australian Food Safety Week, focusing on raw and risky foods.
City of Karratha regulatory services manager Craig Watts said foods such as cracked raw egg dishes and undercooked meats presented risks.
“Recent years have seen major food poisoning outbreaks linked to risky raw foods such as unpasteurised milk, raw eggs, unwashed bean/seed sprouts, frozen berries and lettuce,” he said.
“Raw foods can get contaminated with bacteria and viruses in many ways ... from the soil, compost or dirty irrigation water, food-producing animals, dirty kitchen equipment and contact with contaminated food.”
About 32,000 Australians are admitted to hospital with food poisoning each year, and 86 die.