Category Archives: Food Safety Articles

How does food law change?

In Australia, food safety is the constiutional responsibility of the states and territorities. So each of these has a law called the Food Act (or similar), which provides all the requirements for food safety and related issues in that state or territory.These Acts include definitions and penalties as well as the other requirements for that…
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Is there a difference between cleaning and sanitising?

All food businesses, regardless of size and type, must have some form of cleaning program to ensure that all food safety and business requirements are met.. According to the Australian Standard for Cleaning of Food Premises, a cleaning program includes the following steps; preclean, wash, rinse and dry. Preclean is where some form of physical…
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Green cleaning is good cleaning, right?

With the whole sustainability thing running crazy everywhere right now, there has been a strong move toward using environmentally friendly cleaners as part of a food business's cleaning program. Whilst this is exactly what businesses should be doing, the whole point of the cleaning should not be lost in a drive to be "green". Cleaning…
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So how often do I need to clean?

I have often been asked this question when setting up food safety programs: "how often do we need to clean this piece of equipment?" The answer is reasonably simple - food contact surfaces have to be cleaned more often than those that are not, and the more often they are used the more they should…
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March is Cleaning Month

As food safety is such a big topic, I have decided to break it up into an issue each month. This month we have been going through the essential issues associated with the mandatory requirement of all food businesses, cleaning. Through both the Information page on this website and the articles on my other website…
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Is eating food past it’s use by date safe?

Use by date is a requirement on most potentially hazardous foods. It is essentially the date when food will be safe for consumption and after that the food should not be eaten. Or can it? To set a use by date, a manufacturer collects samples from the production batch and holds them at the required…
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Food allergens – what and why?

May is my Food Allergen month and so am doing a couple of articles breaking down the what, why and how on my How Safe is your food website. You can find the first article in the Articles section on www.howsafeisyourfood.com.au. This one explains why food allergens are a significant issue for all food businesses…
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So why is this botulism thing a food safety problem?

In Australia this week there are two stories filling our news, the election and this huge international food product recall on infant formula. The infant formula is being recalled because there is a chance that it may contain one of the worst food poisoning bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria causes Botulism, which has a round…
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Australian Food Safety Week 2013

The theme for the 2013 Australian Food Safety Week is all about the importance of food safety when shopping. A survey done for the Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) shows some very scary results about transporting food and reading the labels on those foods.The following is the media release for the week from the FSIC.…
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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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