The Ultimate Guide to Food Safety and Handling

Food Safety and Handling

Maintaining food safety is essential for our well-being, and fortunately, it doesn't have to be complicated. By following a few simple rules, you can ensure that your food stays safe and free from harmful bacteria. In this guide, we'll explore some golden tips for keeping your food safe and healthy with minimal effort.

  1. Keep it Cold:

  • Keep your fridge temperature below 5°C to prevent bacterial growth.

  • Refrigerate perishable foods promptly, especially after shopping or cooking.

  • Avoid consuming food that has been left out at room temperature for more than four hours.

  • Defrost and marinate foods in the fridge, particularly meats, to maintain freshness.

  • When traveling or picnicking, use a cooler bag or esky to keep food cold and safe to eat.

  1. Keep it Clean:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food, regardless of whether it's a full meal or a snack.

  • Keep kitchen surfaces, utensils, and tableware clean and dry to prevent cross-contamination.

  • Avoid letting raw meat juices come into contact with other foods.

  • Use separate cutting boards and knives for raw and cooked foods.

  • Refrain from preparing food for others if you're feeling unwell, especially if you have symptoms like diarrhoea.

  1. Keep it Hot:

  • Cook foods to a minimum internal temperature of 60°C, adjusting for specific foods as needed.

  • Reheat cooked foods until they're steaming hot, reaching at least 60°C.

  • Ensure that cooked meats, such as mince or sausages, have no pink left and that chicken juices run clear before serving.

  • Boil marinades containing raw meat juices before serving to eliminate any harmful bacteria.

  1. Check the Label:

  • Respect 'use-by' dates and avoid consuming food past its expiration date.

  • Take note of 'best before' dates to ensure optimal quality.

  • Follow the storage and cooking instructions provided on the packaging.

  • Be vigilant about food allergies and inquire about unpackaged foods for potential allergens.

Understanding Food Poisoning:

  • Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, results from consuming contaminated food or drink.

  • It affects millions of Australians each year and can cause unpleasant symptoms, especially in vulnerable groups.

By following these quick and easy tips for food safety, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from foodborne illnesses while enjoying delicious meals. Remember to keep your food cold, clean, and hot, and always check labels for important information. Together, let's prioritise food safety and ensure a healthier dining experience for everyone.

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