The following is the latest media release from the Food Safety information Council and is included here with permission.
Undercooked turkey, wilted salad – how to avoid a raw and risky Christmas
The Australian Food Safety Information Council, in partnership with Tonic Health Media, today launched their food safety tips for Christmas and the holiday period including a warning to consumers to be careful with raw and risky foods. Rachelle Williams, Council Chair, said the risk of food poisoning increases around Christmas time as we enjoy entertaining more and the weather gets warmer, which can cause food poisoning bacteria to grow quickly in many foods. ‘Christmas celebrations can be risky as they often include several generations of family including the very young, pregnant women, the elderly and those with poor immune systems who can become very ill if they do get food poisoning. Also you cater for larger numbers of people – putting a strain on your fridge and possibly creating a recipe for disaster at Christmas. 'Here are 5 tips to keep your family and friends food safe during the holidays:
'We would like to thank Tonic Health Media for their support. As Australia's largest health & wellness network, our important food safety messages are being broadcast in 3500+ GP waiting rooms across the country, communicating with patients and their carers whilst they wait for health services.
'Check out their Tonic on Demand video on how to shop, store, cook and eat food safely, and get your free copy of their healthy Baked Cheesecake recipe! A perfect low calorie dessert for the warm festive weeks ahead: http://www.tonicondemand.com.au/food-safety 'Finally, we'd like to wish all our sponsors, members and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Why not take some time over the holidays to do our Christmas Food Safety Quiz and learn a bit more about food safety,’ Ms Williams concluded.
For more information see our Food safety at Christmas advice Media contact: Lydia Buchtmann, Food Safety Information Council, 0407 626 688 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Food Safety Information Council is a health promotion charity which aims to address the estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year that result in 31,920 hospitalisations, 86 deaths and 1 million visits to doctors.