|14 November 2017
This week is Australian Food Safety Week, and the theme for this year is to use a food thermometer for great food – to ensure food is cooked safely every time.
“There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year that result in 31,920 hospitalisations, 86 deaths and one million visits to doctors,” Council’s Environmental Health Officer, Catarina Santos said. “There are also escalating rates of Campylobacter and Salmonella infection that are particularly, linked to poorly cooked poultry and egg dishes”.
“To help reduce this number, we are encouraging all Australians to purchase a food thermometer from their local homeware store and learn how to use it properly. This will not only ensure safer food but you will also be able to cook the perfect piece of meat”
Here are four simple tips on how to use a thermometer:
1. Follow any instructions on the thermometer’s packaging.
2. You should place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food and as close to the centre as possible and it should not touch bone, fat, or gristle.
3. Start checking the temperature toward the end of cooking, but before you expect it to be done.
4. Be sure to clean the stem of your food thermometer before and after each use.
You can find a list of the correct cooking temperatures and you can test your knowledge with a food safety quiz on the Food Safety Information Council website, please log on to http://foodsafety.asn.au/
For further information please contact:
Catarina Santos, Environmental Health Officer
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900