Aussies clueless about cook temps
DESPITE celebrity cooking shows being all the rage, the Food Safety Information Council released a national survey for Australian Food Safety Week that shows the majority of Australians surveyed have no idea of safe cooking temperatures for high- risk foods such as hamburgers, sausages and poultry.
Food Safety Information council chair Rachelle Williams said the council was amazed that 70 per cent of those surveyed reported they didn’t know the safe cooking temperature for these high- risk foods.
“Even worse, of those that reported they did know the correct temperature, most were wrong with 15 per cent saying below the safe temperature of 75° C and 9 per cent stating it should be 100° C or more, which would be a pretty burnt piece of food,” she said.
“Coupled with this lack of knowledge is another of our surveys, which found 75 per cent of Australians surveyed reported that there wasn’t a meat thermometer in their household.”
There are about 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year.