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Australians Urged to Use a Food Thermometer for Safe food

AS part of Australian Food Safety Week Somerset Regional Council is encouraging consumers to buy and use a food thermometer.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said a Food Safety Information Council survey found 75% of Australians surveyed reported that there was not a food thermometer in their household and only 44% of those with a thermometer reported using is in the previous month.

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.

There are also escalating rates of Campylobacter and Salmonella infection that are linked to poorly cooked poultry and egg dishes.

Cr Lehmann said to help reduce these figures Council is encouraging all Somerset residents to pick up a food thermometer from their local hardware 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,” Cr Lehmann said.

Council offers a free online, I’m Alert Food Safety Course, available through Council’s website.  

“This training assists food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner,” Cr Lehmann said.

The interactive online training covers a variety of topics including foodborne illness, food storage, food processing, food disposal, cleanliness and management control techniques.

There are more than 20 individual topics covered in the food safety course which can take up to two hours to complete.

For more information on food safety visit: www.foodsafety.asn.au