AU/NZ: Food borne illness in Australia falling except Salmonella which is increasing
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Despite more than four million Australians getting sick from contaminated food each year, the overall national rate of food poisoning is falling. Except, that is, when it comes to Salmonella.
A glance at Victoria’s Department of Health figures for example, shows a 50 per cent increase in Salmonella in poisoning since 2012. Queensland has seen a doubling of Salmonella poisoning cases in the past 12 months.
Salmonella can be found in soil and water, and multiplies rapidly if food is not handled properly, including washing and refrigeration. It is one of the reasons the independent Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia New Zealand has released new guidelines for everyone involved in food to try to lift standards.