During Australian Food Safety Week, the Environmental Health Team at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield are urging people to buy and use a food thermometer at home to ensure that they don’t give themselves food poisoning.
A recent Food Safety Information Council survey found that 75% of Australians surveyed reported that there wasn’t a food thermometer in their household.
There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year, which result in 1 million visits to the doctor and 32,000 hospitalisations. There are also escalating rates of Campylobacter and Salmonella infection that are particularly linked to poorly cooked poultry and egg dishes.
City of PAE Director of Community Development, Deb Richardson, said, “Council’s Environmental Health Team work tirelessly to ensure food businesses operating in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield are clean, hygienic and safe, but they can’t protect you in your own house.”
“When you are cooking at home it is important to remember a couple of simple things to guarantee you don’t give yourself food poisoning.”
“We encourage people to pick up 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 meal.”
‘Here are 4 simple tips on how to use a food thermometer:
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 www.foodsafety.asn.au.
If you have concerns about a food business operating within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, please give our Environmental Health Team a call on 8405 6600.