It’s Australian Food Safety Week and the theme is ‘Food safety – dollars and sense’ // This week the FPSC-ANZ and Food Safety Information Council implore you not to compromise your health by taking food safety short cuts. There are an estimated 4.67 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year that result in 47,900 hospitalisations, 38 deaths and cost to the economy of $2.1 billion. Food borne disease isn’t a minor illness, it can leave you with long term effects such as reactive arthritis. Here are some useful tips to stay food safe:

  • Don’t be tempted to forage for wild food as a saving, mushrooms and other plants can be toxic and wild foods can be contaminated by animal faeces
  • Don’t purchase food from unknown sources such as on social media, make sure they are a legal source

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