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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Exploring Australia’s Potential To Become a Supplier of High Quality Food in China

With new laws on food safety coming into effect in China this month, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott keen to seal a free trade agreement between Australia and China, Australia is touted to become the ‘food bowl’ of Asia. Australia may not likely become the ‘food bowl’ of the region like the government claims, but it …

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Handle Seafood Safer This Easter

According to the business analysts at IBISWorld, Aussies are expected to spend around $24.4 million on seafood this Easter, up from $23.6 million last year. If you’re going to be indulging in the fruits of the sea this holiday season, it’s important to handle and prepare your seafood with care. Keep Your Seafood Chilled Make …

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Fine Food Queensland Cooks Up a Storm

Fine Food Queensland cooked up a storm this week at a three day, trade-only event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Local and national exhibitors displayed a mouth-watering array of foods, celebrity chefs such as Alastair McLeod, Kirsten Tibballs and Matt McAllister presented some excellent sessions, and we had a real treat when local …

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What’s Hot, What’s Not and What’s Next in Hospitality

At Fine Food Queensland this week, John Hart, CEO of the Restaurant and Catering Association Australia delivered an enthralling presentation on trends in the hospitality industry in Australia. In this article, we’ll provide a summary of what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next in Australian hospitality sector. What’s Hot January 2014 saw a 19% increase …

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Is Sustainable Palm Oil A Sustainable Option For Food Manufacturers?

Just last week, the world’s largest consumer products company, Proctor & Gamble changed its policy for palm oil supply in reaction to pressure from activist group Greenpeace, vowing to use only sustainable palm oil in its products. The Sustainable Palm Oil Trend The trend toward sustainable palm oil is growing in leaps and bounds. As consumers revolt against …

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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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