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Food safety refers to handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of individuals becoming sick from potentially harzardous food and food-borne illnesses.
Food safety is a global concern that covers a variety of different areas of everyday life.
The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning.
For more information on Food safety, visit the Queensland Health website.
What is ‘potentially hazardous food’ and food-borne illness
Potentially hazardous food’ is food that is able to support the growth of bacteria. Bacteria produce toxins (either prior to or after being eaten) that can cause illness. These types of food must be kept under strict temperature control in order to prevent the growth of bacteria. Examples of potentially hazardous food are:
Some foods carry bacteria despite being kept in correct storage temperatures.
Chicken often carries the bacteria Campylobacter. This is one of the most common causes of food-borne illness. You can avoid this illness by:
Personal hygiene is an essential element of the provision of safe food. This list provides some basic good hygiene practices that should routine in all food premises:
I’m Alert Food Handling Training
Hinchinbrook Shire Council subscribes to I'M ALERT Food Safety an accredited online food handling training provider. I'M ALERT Food Safety is an online food safety training program that various organisations subscribe to and deliver FREE food safety training to the food handlers within their local authority. I'M ALERT Food Safety enables a consistent and efficient delivery of Food Safety Training.
The program can be accessed online, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and includes:
This course can be accessed at www.hinchinbrook.imalert.com.au.
Food for Thought Newsletters
Food for Thought newsletters are provided to food business licensees. The newsletter provides information regarding legislation changes, emerging food-borne outbreaks, food safety and food recalls. Please see Newsletters for years 2015 to 2017 below, should you require copies of newsletters prior to 2015 please contact Council on (07) 4776 4607.