Help avoid trip down Listeria Lane
COUNCIL is encouraging the community to take food poisoning seriously during Australian Food Safety Week, that kicks off today.
This year’s theme is food poisoning (with a focus on listeria) which most commonly affects pregnant women and unborn babies, people with a suppressed immune system, older people (over 65–70 years) and organ transplant patients.
Environmental Health councillor Mark McDonald said the message is timely given the approaching festive season.
“Listeria is bacteria that is widely found in the environment so most raw foods are likely to be contaminated,” he said.
“You don’t have to miss out on your favourite foods as listeria is easily killed by cooking.
“For foods that can’t be cooked, you can make other choices such as using fresh whole lettuce for salads rather than bagged lettuce.
The Food Safety Information Council advises those most at risk to avoid (or cook) the following; Unpackaged ready to eat meats from delicatessen counters; All soft, semi soft and surface ripened cheeses; Pre-prepared or pre-packaged cut fruit and vegetable salads; Raw seafood; Smoked ready-to-eat seafood; Readyto-eat peeled prawns (cooked).