Food Poisoning, Take it Seriously

11 December 2018

Australian National Food safety week took place in November 2018. Food Poisoning – Take it Seriously.

Australian National Food safety week took place in November 2018, with the Food Safety Information Council bringing awareness to safe cooking practices of meats and appropriate fridge storage of food to avoid getting sick with their campaign, Food Poisoning – Take it Seriously.

This year’s theme urged people to cook meat and other risky foods safely to avoid the potentially deadly Listeria infection with Food Safety Week providing a great opportunity to ensure the community has access to information on how to reduce the risk food poisoning at home.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Food Safety Week was crucial for encouraging the community to introduce safe food practices into their everyday routines.

“Food poisoning can be particularly fatal for the young, elderly and those with low immune systems, so it is important to participate in safe food practices to protect your family. We need to remember that food poisoning isn’t just a minor stomach upset but it should be taken seriously as it can be fatal. The Listeria outbreak linked to Australian rock melons earlier this year resulted in seven deaths and a miscarriage” Mayor Aubrey said.

“We are always focused on keeping our citizens Safe and Secure which is our commitment to that community aspiration, and with summer heating up  and the holiday season right around the corner, we want to make sure you don’t give your loved ones a gift they don’t want! Remember to always wash your hands with soap and running water and dry thoroughly before handling food and keep utensils and cooking areas clean within your cooking areas.”

Throughout Food Safety Week the City held its’ very own online quiz to test the general public’s food safety knowledge, with all participants having a chance to win prizes worth over $1000, including esky prize bundles, an award winning cooking book, gift vouchers donated by local five star food safe businesses and other great prizes. The campaign was a success with over 200 participants filling out the quiz. 

31 lucky Melville residents took home a prize:

  • Pearl, Applecross                                
  • Ainslie, Leeming
  • Laura, Mount Pleasant
  • Fleur, Bateman
  • Maria, Applecross
  • Jacqui, Bicton
  • Sarah, Applecross
  • Nola, Booragoon
  • Jodie, Palmyra
  • James, Bateman
  • Simone, Ardross
  • Brooke, Alfred Cove
  • Geoff, Bateman
  • Lee, Murdoch
  • Mel, Leeming
  • Sarah, Willagee
  • Clare, Murdoch
  • Emily, Kardinya
  • William, Leeming
  • Marilyn, Alfred Cove
  • Madolyn, Willagee
  • Gillian, Booragoon
  • Skye, Ardross
  • Kate, Bicton
  • Gillian, Booragoon
  • Robyn, Applecross
  • Natasha, Bateman
  • Arianne, Bateman
  • Rebekah, Winthop 
  • Ben, Booragoon
  • Ann, Leeming

For more information on Food Safety Week and tips to avoid food poisoning, visit

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