MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE

Document Sample
MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE Powered By Docstoc
					   MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE… MEDIA RELEASE
9th December 2008

Auburn Council has some easy to follow tips for eating safely during the holiday
season

Christmas is a high risk time for food poisoning because the weather is hot, the fridge is
overloaded and we are likely to be entertaining larger groups of people, which means we leave
food out on the counter, uncovered and at the wrong temperature.

To avoid spoiling your Christmas and holiday celebrations with stomach cramps, fever,
diarrhoea and vomiting, Auburn Council‟s food safety team have valuable tips on how to
handle food safely. This is especially important during hot days and when it is likely you will be
entertaining.
Sam Barnard, Council‟s Senior Environmental Health Officer: “It is important to remember to
always keep food at the right temperature. Hot foods need to be kept over 60C and cold foods
have to be refridgerated at or below 5C. Food kept at temperatures in between take food into
the danger zone, especially chicken and meat. Prepare food close to eating time and make
more room in the fridge by taking out soft drinks or alcohol.”

“Always make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before
preparing foods and between handling raw meat or chicken or vegetables. Use separate
cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and keep your work surfaces bacteria free.”

“You can defrost your turkey on the bench top, but it is better to get your butcher to defrost it
for you in the cool room or place it in the fridge the night before. Make sure you cook it all the
way through to kill all the bacteria. You can use a thermometer to check that the thickest part
reaches 75 degrees Celcius and juices run clear not pink.”

“Seafood is a popular option for Christmas. Just make sure it is packed in ice when you
purchase it. Transport it home in a cooler and place it in the coldest part of your fridge as soon
as you get home.”

„If you cook large amounts of food in advance, divide it into smaller portions in shallow
containers so it cools quickly before placing it in the fridge or freezer. Never leave leftovers

“The Australian Health Department estimates 5.4million Australians get sick annually from
eating contaminated food. A large proportion of these cases can be attributed to incorrect food
handling procedures by us, consumers who through lack of knowledge don‟t store, handle or
cook food correctly.”

For further advice on food safety go to our website: www.auburn.nsw.gov.au or the NSW Food
Authority‟s website: www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au


Ends

Photo Opportunity: Friday 12th of January at the Auburn Child care Centre, Northumberland
Road at 11.30am.


Media information contact Madeleine Ralston on 9735 1301 or Mob. 0417 212 315
                           madeleine.ralston@auburn.nsw.gov.au

				
DOCUMENT INFO