City joins in the fight for food safety

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The City of Kwinana is urg­ing res­i­dents to be food-safe and not be­come one of the es­ti­mated 4.1 mil­lion peo­ple who get food poi­son­ing in Aus­tralia each year.

The Food Safety Coun­cil said there were many myths about food poi­son­ing, so the fo­cus of this year’s Aus­tralian Food Safety Week was to bust some of them.

For ex­am­ple, food poi­son­ing is not al­ways caused by the last thing eaten. Symp­toms can take sev­eral days or weeks to ap­pear.

Food poi­son­ing isn’t a mild ill­ness — each year an es­ti­mated one mil­lion Aus­tralians have to visit a doc­tor with food poi­son­ing, 32,000 peo­ple end up in hospi­tal and 86 peo­ple die.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City was pro­mot­ing Food Safety Week.

“We en­cour­age you to com­plete a short quiz at our li­brary or on­line for your chance to en­ter a draw to win a food safety prize pack val­ued at $75, which in­cludes a cooler bag, ice bricks, ther­mome­ter, tongs, coloured chop­ping boards and gloves,” she said.

The quiz can be found at http://bit.ly/1XRzCVT.

The Food Safety Coun­cil is Aus­tralia’s lead­ing dis­sem­i­na­tor of con­sumer-tar­geted food safety in­for­ma­tion.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and how to do­nate, see www.food­safety.asn.au.

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