Smelly fridge, sink full of dirty dishes? Resolve to take care of your unloved workplace kitchen in 2017

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Smelly fridge, sink full of dirty dishes? Resolve to take care of your unloved workplace kitchen in 2017

Happy New Year!

It’s happened to all of us on that first day back at work, we open the office fridge to discover the remnants of last year’s packed lunches plus the aroma of that pre-Christmas carton of milk.
Food Safety Information Council spokesperson, Lydia Buchtmann, is urging workers and employers to avoid food poisoning by taking care of that much neglected workplace kitchen.
‘There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year and we know that cases of gastro can spread quickly throughout a workplace once people get sick,’ Ms Buchtmann said.
‘These 6 simple tips can help reduce the risk of getting food poisoning at work:
  1. Always wash your hands (or use an alcohol wipe if working outdoors) before touching food. Employers should ensure handwashing soap and drying facilities are available in kitchens and bathrooms and regularly replenished.
  2. Store your lunch in the fridge (or in a cooler with ice bricks if you work outside) until lunchtime.
  3. Get a fridge thermometer to make sure the work fridge is running at 5°C or below and clean out the fridge completely on a regular basis to get rid of those forgotten lunches.
  4. Set up a roster to clean bench tops and ensure that dishcloths, sponges, brushes and tea towels are clean and replaced regularly.
  5. Wash up your own dishes or put them in the dishwasher if there is one.  Put on the dishwasher when it is full and empty it when finished (yes, that is everyone’s job!)
  6. If you have gastro, don’t go to work and avoid handling food for others until 48 hours after symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea stop. If food poisoning symptoms persist, visit a doctor.
‘Finally, download and put up our simple handwashing posters in workplace bathrooms and kitchens. You’ll find people will have fewer sick days,’ Ms Buchtmann concluded.
Media Contact: Lydia Buchtmann, Food Safety Information Council, 0407 626 688

Reminder 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 January. 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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