It’s Australian Food Safety Week from 11-18 November 2017 and the Department of Health’s Central Australia Environmental Health Services are urging local consumers to exercise good food safety practices, including proper food storage and preparation and to use a food thermometer to ensure food is properly cooked.
Environmental Health Officer Hannah Freemantle said, We are encouraging all Central Australians to pick up a food thermometer from their local homeware store and learn how to use it properly. This will not only ensure food safety but you will also be able to cook the perfect piece of meat.”
There are four simple ways to use a food thermometer:
1. Follow any instructions on the thermometer’s packaging.
2. Place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food and as close to the centre as possible but it should not touch bone, fat, or gristle.
3. Start checking the temperature toward the end of cooking process, but before the food is expected to be done.
4. Be sure to clean the stem of the food thermometer before and after each use.
A list of the correct cooking temperatures and an informative food safety quiz can be found on the Food Safety Information Council website www.foodsafety.asn.au
The Department of Health’s Environmental Health Officers will have a food safety stall at Alice Plaza on Tuesday 14 November from 10am to 1pm and at the Yeperenye Shopping Centre on Thursday 16 November from 10am to 1pm. There will also be free Food Safety Week training sessions on Monday 13 November, Wednesday 15 November and Friday 17 November. Please call 8955 6122 for more information.