Aussies clue­less about cook temps

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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