Over 250 people reported to have suffered gastro-intestinal illness following a conference in February. At least 24 attendees were hospitalised. However a second outbreak of food poisoning has been linked to Brisbane's Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) earlier in the month. The function centre has suspended supplies of eggs and poultry products as a precautionary measure in light of these major Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks. A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said the BCEC had been inspected three times since the first outbreak in March.
Channel Nine's A Current Affair ran a story "The dirty takeaway secret" on 03/03/2015 exposing the preparation of meal components in a domestic house, for sale and delivery as takeaway meals.
The link to the story is here:
Gary Kennedy appeared appeared in the interview warning that the preparation of food commercially is illegal in a domestic home premise. Equipment and Premises for food preparation for commercial use need to comply with Standard 3.2.3 – Food Premises and Equipment. The Standard 3.2.3 sets out requirements for the design and construction of food premises, fixtures, fittings, equipment and food transport vehicles that, if complied with, will facilitate compliance by food businesses with the food safety requirements of Standard 3.2.2.
If you are a food business, using a premise, a vehicle or a stall at a market, then Standard 3.2.3 Food Premises and Equipment applies to you.
If you are constructing a new food premises or refurbishing your existing food premises, you will need to contact your local council or health department to ensure you comply with design and fitout requirements, before commencing any construction or refurbishment. You may be required to comply with the Australian Standard for the Design, construction and fit-out of food premises (AS 4674-2004). This Standard provides criteria on design and construction to assist with compliance with Standard 3.2.3 for new food premises and alterations to existing food premises.
Correct Food Systems can assist with the review of commercial food premises and equipment prior to lease agreement and DA approvals to ensure compliance and effective and efficient workflows.
The NSW Food Authority has recalled John Bull Tuna Chunky Style in Sunflower Oil ( Best Before: 11 2017 with a Batch Code: FTM40280D) following an investigation into seven people reporting food poisoning, all linked to a Sydney cafe. The tuna which has been linked to this latest outbreak of scombroid food poisoning, is imported from Thailand and mostly used in catering and is not generally available to the public, in retail supermarkets.
Scombroid poisoning can occur with certain types of fish when the fish is stored at an incorrect temperature at the catching or processing stage.
Six residential aged care facilities in the NSW Illawarra area have had over 20 elderly residents struck down with food poisoning, since late January. Its reported to be a uncommon type of salmonella called bovismorbificans. Authorities are currently investigating the source of the Salmonella
Patties Foods have extended the recall of frozen berry products.The affected products are:
State and Federal food safety and health agencies are working together as part of the national response to the hepatitis A health scare and recent food safety incident in Australia.Up to 18 cases across Australia have been reported to be linked with consuming frozen berries imported from China. Hepatitis A virus infection can take between 15 to 50 days to develop following exposure to the virus. The recalled berry products should not be consumed.
Further information is available from the State health / food authorities or from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-hep-A-fact-sheet-consumers-frozen-berry.htm
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