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Don’t leave that leftover takeaway on the benchtop overnight - food safety tips for young people leaving home 

As the academic year begins, the Food Safety Information Council together with their member Cater Care have launched a food safety tips poster for young people leaving home to start university and college.
Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, said that young people are at a greater risk of getting food poisoning as there is a peak of food poisoning cases in Australians aged between the late teens and 30 years old.
‘While the highest recorded rates of campylobacter and salmonella cases are among pre-schoolers there is also a peak for those aged between 18 and 30 years old which is the age group when many young people leave home for the first time. Our consumer research shows young people are likely to have poorer knowledge of food safety basics such as washing hands, correct cooking temperatures, riskier foods and fridge safety.
‘Students also tend to live in shared accommodation where the hygiene of the communal kitchen and fridge is easily neglected. There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning on Australia each year and a case of gastro can seriously ruin the fun of those first few months away from home.
‘By following these five simple tips, you can help ensure that you, and people you cook for, are safe from food poisoning:
  1. CLEAN – wash hands with soap and running water before handling food, wash the dishes regularly and keep the kitchen clean
  2. CHILL – keep the fridge at 5°C or below and clean it out regularly, refrigerate any leftovers as soon as they’ve stopped steaming and use or freeze them within 3 days
  3. COOK – cook poultry or minced products to 75°C in the centre, be aware of the risk of raw or minimally cooked egg dishes.
  4. SEPARATE – prevent cross contamination especially between raw meat or poultry and other foods that won’t be cooked like salads
  5. DON’T COOK FOR OTHERS IF YOU HAVE GASTRO – you could make them sick too so ask someone else to cook or get a takeaway.
‘The Food Safety Information Council would like to thanks our member Cater Care for developing this poster which can be downloaded from here, or scanning the QR code to the left’ Ms Williams concluded.
Media contact:
Lydia Buchtmann, Food Safety Information Council, 0407 626 688 or
Cater Care are an award winning provider of food services to residential schools and colleges, tuckshops, TAFE providers, halls of residence, university refectories and more see

Success of our summer campaign

Thanks to everyone who took part in our summer campaign which lasted from Nov 2016- January 2017 and included the following:
  • Australian Food Safety Week 6-12 November
  • TV Community Service announcements + on Tonic Health Media in GPs’ waiting rooms
  • Community events, media release, social media, newsletters
  • Science Media Centre Summer Briefing
  • Listeria outbreak
  • Christmas and holiday entertaining media release
  • Back to work kitchen safety media release
  • Back to school lunchbox safety media release
  • Over 8000 aged care brochure sent to 81 aged care facilities
  • Adult & child handwashing + temperature danger zone posters for download
  • Over 4,000 How you cook posters and 20,000 brochures mailed out to events in all states and territories, many held by local government authorities
  • 1,000 fridge thermometers sold
Media coverage from Nov 2016 to January 2017 generated 38 print media articles, 67 TV news items, 69 radio items reaching a total audience 5,112,659 (3,189,559 print and 1,923,100 radio and TV). The TV community service announcement was shown 851 times in mainland capital cities on Channels 7,9 and 10 reaching a value of $2502,698 if the ads purchased. It was also shown on regional stations: Network Ten, Southern Cross Austereo Television (SCA) , Imparja, Channel Seven ,Prime7, WIN, ABC TV, Sky Racing Direct  and ICTV – Indigenous Community Television reaching multiple Indigenous communities nationwide. Through a partnership with Tonic Health Media the TV ad was  played to an audience of 3,278,954 December 2016 to January 2017 at 910 sites where 4,000 GPs work where there are an average of 2,372,840 patients who wait an average of 34 minutes. The value of this if purchased would have been $75,342.

Final special offer posters, brochures and fridge thermometers

We can no longer afford the rental on our storage facility so will be clearing it out in by the end of February. We still have boxes of our How you cook can make you crook posters and brochures which we can send you for the cost of postage ($50 a box in NSW,SA, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania or $80 a box WA and NT, there is no charge for anyone in the ACT where we can hand deliver). We also have some fridge thermometers available for $3.30 each including GST plus postage. Contact us at
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