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Food Safety Matters

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Food safety matters is a teaching and training resource on how to handle food safely.

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Importance of food safety

There are at least 5.4 million cases of gastroenteritis food poisoning caused by contaminated food each year in Australia (OzFoodNet). Often, the food that makes us sick looks, smells and tastes normal. However, most food poisoning is easy to prevent.

Food poisoning symptoms

Cartoon image of a person holding their stomach, looking as though they are in pain.Common symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain, though there are others depending on the cause. Food poisoning can be particularly serious in young children, the elderly and people of all ages in poor health. Early medical attention is recommended, especially for these at risk groups.

How to obtain a copy of Food safety matters

Most parts of Food safety matters can be downloaded from this web site, but please note copyright restrictions.

Last Updated: 25 March 2014
Last Reviewed: 07 March 2012

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