Palm Beach, QLD (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
In response to a recent outbreak of eight listeria infections, representatives with Food Safety Today (http://www.foodsafetytoday.com.au/) is providing guidance and training on how to safely handle food while taking safety measures to prevent the illness from happening.
“What we’re offering the only nationally recognized food handling course (http://www.foodsafetytoday.com.au/courses) for the hospitality, food processing and health and community services sectors,” said Joanne Ballantyne, owner and director of Food Safety Today. “The training, which includes information on listeria, can be done by correspondence, online and onsite training for groups.”
Listeria, according to national statistics, on average affects approximately three people per month.
“The recent outbreak of eight cases of listeria infections is a cause for concern, so we’re taking a proactive approach to doing something about it,” Ballantyne said.
According to The NSW Food Authority, most at risk should avoid ready to eat foods, such as soft cheese such as brie, blue, fetta, camembert and ricotta, cold chicken or turkey particularly if sliced or diced, such as used in chicken sandwiches.
In addition, Ballantyne said, pre-prepared or packaged salads greens and salads should be avoided.
“Raw seafood such as oysters, sashimi, smoked salmon or oysters (canned oysters are safe), sushi, unpasteurized dairy products including raw goat’s milk and Roquefort cheese, should be avoided,” Ballantyne stressed.
Signs of listeriosis, Ballantyne, said, include flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea that can occasionally lead to septicemia, meningitis and in some cases, miscarriage in pregnant women.
“Food Safety Today is an innovative leader in online food safety training, so we felt that it was our duty to provide tips and training on how to properly handle food and prevent illnesses like listeria from breaking out,” Ballantyne stressed.
Madison Eagles said she’s impressed with the food safety course.
“I loved being able to do the food safety supervisor certificate at home anytime,” Eagles said. “It sure beats running into some dull office in the city, wasting the whole day and be charged more. I found this allowed for better concentration and less distraction. I found the whole course was self explanatory and easy to understand.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.foodsafetytoday.com.au/blog and http://www.foodsafetytoday.com.au/course/retail-and-hospitality/food-safety-supervisor-hospitality-combined-course-nsw
About Food Safety Today
Food Safety Today provides high-quality online and correspondence food handling training for workers in the Retail & Hospitality (SIT codes), Health & Community Services (HLT codes) and Food Processing (FDF codes) industry. Our courses satisfy the requirements set by the NSW Food Authority, Queensland Food Act 2006, Queensland Food Regulation 2006, Victorian Food Act 1984, and Food Standards Australia & New Zealand.
In-house group training is an option for organizations that require a number of employees at a time to take a food handling course. Group training is available for both Level 1 (food handling certificate) and Level 2 (food safety supervisor) – combined FSS course is a one day course at venue.
Training for your food handling certificate or as a food safety supervisor consists of a set of assessment tasks, which include industry-based case studies and short answer questions. Our online courses are 100% online. Search for Food Safety Today on Google: http://goo.gl/6yU4I
Food Safety Today
PO Box 21
Palm Beach QLD 4221
Phone: 1300 775 155
Fax: 07 5677 0622