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01 May 2010... Coolers are a great way to transport your food and drinks, but a poorly packed cooler is also a great way to get sick. So follow these simple steps: - Choose a cooler with excellent insulation and make sure it's clean. - Keep your food in the fridge until just before you're ready to leave. - Pack meats, fish and chicken in containers and place them at the bottom of the cooler. - Add cold packs or frozen drinks on top and use a tight-fitting lid.
01 May 2017... Food labels are required by law to carry essential information so that people know what is in the food they buy. The role of the Food Safety Unit at the Department of Health is to ensure that food sold in Victoria is safe. We can investigate and test food for allergens that are not described on the food label.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that everyone should eat one or two fish meals per week for good health. The good news is that it is safe for everyone to eat 2-3 serves per week of most types of fish. Shark, marlin and swordfish should only be eaten once a week by the general population because they have levels of naturally occurring mercury.
01 Jul 2020... This information sheet explains why effective cleaning and sanitising in a food business helps protect the owner and the customers against the spread of bacteria and other organisms that cause foodborne illness. It also contains information on the difference between cleaning and sanitising and how to clean and sanitise by using dishwashers, sinks or spray bottles.
Contamination of food from objects, people, pests or chemicals can cause serious illness. Food businesses, by law, must take precautions to avoid causing harm to people who eat their food. This information sheet explains the common contaminants of food and provides tips on how to protect your food from contamination.
Remember that a 'use by' date means just that: use the product on or before that date. Food with a use by date can't legally be sold after that date. A 'best before' date means that the food may have lost some quality or nutrition after that date but it can be sold or eaten for a little while after that. There are slightly different rules for bread which can be labelled with a 'baked on' or 'baked before' date. Date marking will only work if you follow the storage instructions on the label. So if a product says refrigerate at or below 4 Celsius - do just that.
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