Help avoid trip down Lis­te­ria Lane

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

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).

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