Australian Food Safety News

Welcome to the latest food safety news provided by the Australian Institute of Food Safety. We cover all of our latest news and views about the food safety industry and we always welcome your ideas and feedback, so please read on and let us know your thoughts.

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New laws in China to tackle rampant food safety problems

Infected snail meat, poisonous mushrooms, goat meat marinated in duck urine to make it taste and smell like lamb – these are just some of the culinary delights that China’s food industry have served to its citizens since 2006. In a move to clean up China’s international reputation for appalling food safety, new food safety laws will …

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How A Food Safety Supervisor Course Can Benefit Your Business

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the atmosphere is lively, the menu promising, but you have a nagging feeling that something is wrong? The riverside view is perfect, but the menu hasn’t been wiped down by the waiter and your drinks arrive in dirty glasses. When the waiter coughs in his hands, the …

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How to Manage Allergic Reactions

Recently, a five year old boy suffered a severe allergic reaction to undeclared tree nuts in the Coles brand hollow milk chocolate easter eggs. This raises the question: How can you protect yourself and your family against known and unknown food allergies? How Common Are Food Allergies? Food allergies are very common and becoming more …

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3 myths about food safety and foodborne illnesses

According to Food Safety Australia New Zealand, people shouldn’t assume food is safe because it’s local, organic or properly cooked. This is particularly important for businesses that do not have a food safety structure in place and carry out food handling tasks without proper food quality testing. Don’t think that this applies to you? Here …

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Queensland Sizzler Investigated After Alleged Gastro Outbreak

A Sizzler restaurant in the Queensland surburb of Booval, in Ipswich, is under investigation following a suspected outbreak of gastroenteritis. Several restaurant patrons fell ill after dining at the popular buffet restaurant in late February. Lab Tests to Determine the Outbreak’s Cause Public health physician Dr Kari Jarvinen said lab tests using samples from customers …

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Adelaide Restaurant Fined After Roach & Rodent Infestation

The Imperial Peking in the Adelaide suburb of St Peters was fined more than $100,000 recently for breaching food hygiene standards. The Chinese restaurant’s parent company, Mustwin Investments, pled guilty to 31 counts of breaching food safety standards. Uncovered Poultry, Pest Infestations, Droppings and More The infringements included failure to protect food from contamination, failure …

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Western Australian Researchers Develop Infrared Food Quality Test

Researchers at the University of Western Australia believe infrared technology could hold the key to more accurate, non-destructive food quality testing. Allowing for Food Items Moving Down a Conveyor Belt to be Easily ‘Tagged’  In the past it’s been difficult to classify foods accurately due to differences in the size, colours, and surface textures of …

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Auckland Council Concerned About Food Stall Safety

Auckland Council fears large-scale food poisoning outbreaks may occur at major local festivals if potential reforms to New Zealand’s Food Bill are passed. These changes would see food stalls, like those at the Chinese Lantern Festival and Diwali, operating with little regulation. Considering Amendments to the 2010 Food Bill The New Zealand parliament is currently …

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Ausveg Says Community Gardens a Food Safety Risk

They’re meant to bring neighbourhoods together and encourage an interest in gardening, but Ausveg says that community gardens also pose a serious safety risk for the nation’s horticulture sector. Lack of Quality Assurance Guidelines Posing Risk of Infestations “A lot of these gardens may not be in the best nick, so to speak, and the …

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Richard Bennett Becomes New PMA A-NZ Technology Manager

Richard Bennett has been appointed the new technology manager for Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ). The Goulburn Valley-based food safety expert assumed his new post at the local fresh produce trade association on March 1. Mr Bennett comes to the PMA A-NZ role after serving as the product integrity manager for Horticulture Australia …

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