Fact-sheet: Safe Food Handling Tips
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An important part of promoting and providing healthy food and drinks options within your club and community is making sure food is prepared and handled safely. Food poisoning affects over 4 million Australians every year and the symptoms can be very serious. Safe food handling is essential for preventing the spread of germs and disease that cause food poisoning. Follow these safe food handling tips whenever you prepare or cook food.
Maintain good personal hygiene
- Always wash your hands before handling, preparing or serving food. Wash your hands with soap and water, rubbing your hands together thoroughly. Rinse with running water then dry well using a clean paper towel.
- Cover any cuts or wounds with a waterproof plaster/bandage. If the cut is on your hand, ideally also wear a glove until the wound has fully healed.
- Do not prepare, cook or serve food if you are feeling unwell.
- Make sure your clothes and apron are clean.
Keep food preparation areas clean and clear
- Never smoke in or around areas where food is prepared or served.
- Clean and sanitise your cooking areas regularly and thoroughly.
- Avoid cross-contamination by separating raw, cooked and ready to eat food, and always wash hands or change gloves in between handling different foods.
- Ensure kitchen areas are clear of hazards and garbage is disposed of safely and regularly.
Adhere to food safety practices
- Keep hot food hot (>60˚C) and keep cold food cold (<5˚C).
- When reheating foods, make sure they are thoroughly heated and steaming hot (>60˚C) when served.
- Defrost food in the fridge or microwave.
- Do not re-freeze thawed food.
- Do not overload the fridge as this may affect proper cooling of your food.
Find out more about the Good Sports Healthy Eating program and register your club’s interest here.