Food safety fo­cus

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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.

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