Foodborne illnesses are a significant public health problem, with an estimated 5.4 million food poisoning cases in Australia recorded each year.
One fifth of these cases are linked to poor food practices in the home. Food poisoning can range from an upset stomach to serious illness and even hospitalisation.
Following a few preventative measures, including keeping food at the right temperature and observing basic food hygiene practices, can significantly reduce your chances of food poisoning.
The consumer pages of our website provide some useful advice and resources for preventing your risk of food poisoning.
Tip of the month
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