Monthly Archives: April 2013

So when does food become an icon?

We all have favourite foods, that should be just so. My aunt makes the most incredible pavalovas and I cannot help but judge every one by that standard – it is crisp on the outside and chewy inside – very few come close. I can not eat homemade biscuits without comparing them in my head…
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Food is not the only thing you need to keep safe

So it is near the end of Australian Food Safety Week 2013. The theme this year was all about shopping and food safety. The Food Safety Information  Council, which co-ordinates the week, has some food safety related research done for the week and found that people are generally not good at transporting cold food really…
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So just how many people get food poisoning each year?

The current publicised estimate for the number of cases of food poisoning in Australia is 5.4 million each year. This statistically works out to a greater than 1 in 5 chance of each person reading this getting gastroenteritis from a food borne source this year. So how do they work this figure out when the…
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So is it safe to eat food past it’s use by date?

I am a strong believer and advocate for reducing food waste. Some figures show that something like 50% of all food produced is threwn away before we eat it. With the huge amount of resources that we has humans put into getting food, this waste should be considered to be nothing less than obscene. These…
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What is Botulism?

Besides the now called election in Australia, the biggest news this week is the international food product recall that is now happening on well known infant formula. This recall is being undertaken because there is a chance that the formula is contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This is the bacteria that causes Botulism. Botulism has something like…
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Why is this Botulism thing such a big food safety issue?

With this infant formula product recall now happening worldwide, it is well worth, having a look at why this whole Botulism thing is such problem. Green labelling generates sales A recent survey done by Applied Horticultural Research for AUSVEG shows that even at a higher price 40 percent of those surveyed would prefer to buy…
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To be sustainable a business needs to be the rifle not the shotgun.

A rifle fires a single projectile, which heads in the direction it is pointed. Depending upon the rifle, environmental conditions and the shooter as to how far the "bullet" ends up. In some cases the bullet can go hundreds of metres. A shotgun is designed to fire a cartridge, which is usually full of little…
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