FSIC Newsletter 12 September 2015
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Did you know? (busting the food safety myths) announced as the theme of Australian Food Safety Week 2015

The theme for this year’s Australian Food Safety Week, to be held 8 to 15 November 2015, will be ‘Did you know? (busting the food safety myths).

When announcing the theme Food Safety Information Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, said the strength of Australian Food Safety Week was the grassroots involvement.

‘It’s great to see local councils, libraries and schools get involved in Food Safety Week. With an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning each year it is a serious issue something that affects all of the Australian Community.

‘There are a lot of myths out there about what causes food poisoning, so during the Week we will be releasing the latest consumer research about what Australians understand about food safety plus some simple tips to help people reduce their risk of getting sick.

‘A mail out of fridge thermometers, posters, brochures and DVDs is currently underway, full details of how to order are on our website.

‘A community package of a shell media release to use for your local event, and an online quiz will be available from mid-October, ‘ Ms Williams concluded.

Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council, Australia’s leading disseminator of community targeted food safety information and a health promotion charity.

Media contact: Lydia Buchtmann: 0407 626 688

Food Safety Week mail out details
In order to receive the free resource package of 2 posters, 10 brochures, 3 fridge thermometers and 1 DVD of our food safety videos you need to send an email to with the heading Resource order letting us know what type of event you are organizing during Australian Food Safety Week. Please ensure your name, your organisation and full postage address is included in the email.

Please note that we are a non-profit, voluntary health promotion charity and we may take some time to fill your order. If you want to receive material in time for Food Safety Week please submit your order by 9 October 2015.

Encourage your friends and colleagues to catch up with what is happening during Australian Food Safety Week 2014 by following us on twitter liking us on Facebook or subscribing to our mailing list.

Find out about how to become a member.

Chair Report – August 2015
The Food Safety Information Council is now registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission as a health promotion charity. This will enable our sponsors to claim their contribution as a tax deduction from now on.
Our new status has also meant that we need to adjust our structure to ensure all registration requirements are maintained. This is underway and will set the FSIC up for a very bright future.
As a part of this, we are reviewing our Constitution to make sure we meet those requirements and that of the FSIC. Once the draft is complete we will be forwarding it to members for their input before a Special General Meeting is planned and held.
The other important work that is happening within the Council is the development of the Business Plan. The draft is now under review and it will be finalised shortly.
We are also about to start the preparation for Food Safety Week 2015.
We have had several local Councils across the country contact us already for the theme and material for Food Safety Week 2015. It is good to see that the Week is an important part of their calendars and we will be contacting them again as we get closer to the second week in November.
Our Communication Director, Lydia Buchtmann, has been away on well deserved holidays and Fiona Fleming has kindly been holding the phone for her and being the main contact for the FSIC. I want to thank Fiona for her time.
Rachelle Williams

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