Food safety

Food-borne illness

Contaminated food causes an estimated 4.1 million cases of food-borne illness each year in Australia.  

For information on food-borne illness, see the fact sheet below or contact the Communicable Disease Control on 6205 2155.

Food-borne illness

Food Safety at Parties

Parties allow us to gather with the people we care about to celebrate.  The last thing we want is for our guests to get with food poisoning, but unfortunately this does happen. See the fact sheet below for information on how to keep food safe at parties.

Food Safety at Parties

Summertime Food Safety

The risk of food-borne illness is particularly high in summer, as bacteria multiply faster in hot weather.
Following simple precautions in the handling, storage and preparation of food will reduce the risk of food becoming unsafe.  See our fact sheet on how to keep food safe in hot weather.

Summertime Food Safety Tips

Food safety when eating outdoors or barbecuing

Whether it's a barbecue, picnic or camping trip, food seems to taste better when you eat it outdoors. However, food poisoning can be a real risk, especially in the warmer months. You need to take a bit more care when preparing and storing foods for outdoor eating. For more information see the below fact sheet.

Food safety when eating outdoors or barbecuing

Guidelines for registered commercial BBQ stalls

A BBQ is a great way to fundraise for a good cause. For information in how to provide safe food, see the below fact sheet. 

Guidelines for registered commercial BBQ stalls

Temperature Danger Zone

Potentially hazardous foods must be stored, displayed and transported at safe temperatures to prevent food-borne illness. Keep hot foods at or above 60oC and  keep cold foods at or below 5oC.

See the fact sheet below for information about the temperature danger zone.

Temperature Danger Zone

Lunches from Home

Packing a lunch for school or work can save money, but if it’s not prepared, stored and transported correctly, it may result in food borne illness.  See our fact sheet below for information on how to keep your lunch from home safe.

Lunches from home

Pregnancy and Food Safety

Food safety is always important, but you have to be particularly careful during pregnancy.

See the fact sheet below for information on safe eating during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Food Safety

Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is an infection caused by Salmonella bacteria. People become unwell after swallowing these bacteria. Usually this happens after eating inadequately cooked food, by cross-contamination or person to person spread.

For more information, see the fact sheet below or contact Communicable Disease Control on 6205 2155.

Salmonellosis