Australian Food Safety Week 11 to 18 November 2017 is now on! The theme is ‘Is it done yet? Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time’
70% of Australians surveyed don’t know that 75°C is the safe cooking temperature for high-risk foods such as hamburgers, sausages and poultry. 75% of Australians surveyed also reported that there wasn’t a meat thermometer in their household and only 44% of those with a thermometer reported using is over the previous month.
What can you do during AFSW17?
Help us reduce the estimated 4.1million cases of food poisoning in our community each year by getting involved:
- Hold a food safety event in your community or at work and register it here
- Try out our online quiz
- Send out a media release to your local media download a sample release here
- Share info on social media #AFSW17
- Write an article in your newsletters here’s an example you can use
- Use our banner and logos in your emails
- Download our resources
- Become a Food Safety Information Council member
- Sponsor our consumer research
- Make a tax deductable donation to help keep us doing our important work
Listen to our Radio spots with celebrity chefs Fast Ed Halmagyi and Mark Olive and ‘Henrietta the Hen’ who gives advice about handling her eggs safely.
Download our email banner and use it in your signature block
What’s happening during AFSW17
SA Health will be holding a cooking demo at Adelaide Markets with celebrity Chef Adam Liaw Thurs 16 November
Our member Merieux Nutrisciences is holding a series of free master classes and webinars register here
Darebin Council Victoria is conducting Food Handler Information Sessions in November
Cook Shire Council Qld Community Event Cooktown Markets on Saturday, November 11, and a free Food Safety Workshop on Saturday, November 18 (RSVP by 16). see more
Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has AFSW17 Food Safety Sessions
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is holding Hand Hygiene for Families Library Sessions
Weipa Town Authority Qld Food Safety is holding a food safety Forum Wednesday 15 November 2017
City of Holdfast Bay SA is holding Food Safety Week Cooking Demonstrations at the Bay ‘featuring Local Chefs’ – Tuesday 14th November 10-11am and 3-4pm in Moseley Square
Wodonga Council Vic is holding free BBQ for staff and volunteers
Peninsula Health Vic is holding Community Kitchens food handlers course. 15th November 2017
Eva Tilley Memorial Home Vic is holding 4 Australian Food Safety Week events
Sherwood Probus Club Qld is holding an Australian Food Safety Week event
Find out more:
T 0407 626 688 E email@example.com www.foodsafety.asn.au
Australian Food Safety Week resources
Items to order
While they won’t reach you in time for Australian Food Safety Week you can still order a box of hard copies of our ‘How you cook’ posters and brochures for the cost of postage using this form
We have some fridge thermometers available for sale at $3.30 each plus postage (minimum order 10) you can order them using this form
Resources to download
You can order a downloadable AFSW17 resources kit from our member Catercare here
We also have a range of educational resources you can download and print out (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need other formats) :
What happened during Food Safety Week 2016
The theme for the 20th Australian Food Safety Week, held from 6 to 12 November 2016, was ‘Raw and risky’ foods following major food poisoning outbreaks in recent years linked to risky raw foods such as unpasteurized milk, raw eggs, bean/seed sprouts, frozen berries and lettuce.
Here is some of the coverage for Food Safety Week 2016:
- Media coverage from Nov 2016 to January 2017 generated 38 print media articles, 67 TV news items, and 69 radio items reaching a total audience 5,112,659 (3,189,559 print and 1,923,100 radio and TV)
- The TV community service announcement was shown 851 times in mainland capital cities on Channels 7, 9 and 10 reaching a value of $2,502,698 if the ads purchased. It was also shown on regional stations: Network Ten, Southern Cross Austereo Television (SCA), Imparja, Channel Seven, Prime7, WIN, ABC TV, Sky Racing Direct and ICTV – Indigenous Community Television reaching multiple Indigenous communities nationwide
- Through a partnership with Tonic Health Media the TV ad was played to an audience of 3,278,954 December 2016 to January 2017 at 910 sites where 4,000 GPs work where there is an average of 2,372,840 patients who wait an average of 34 minutes. The value of this if purchased would have been $75,342
- Over 4,000 How you cook posters and 20,000 brochures mailed out to events in all states and territories, many held by local government authorities
See some of our media coverage:
Each year many events are held around Australia during Food Safety Week.This is some of what happened in the community:
Bega Council offered egg separators as a prize
Mackay Hospital and Health Services got media coverage
Kiama Council was in the news
WA Health put out a media release
The Australian Chicken Meat Council had some great tips
Dairy Safe Victoria had some dairy advice
Radio and TV ads
Our TV community service announcement ran from 6 November and running through to the end of January 2017.
Thanks to everyone who has ordered or posters, brochures and fridge thermometers – we’ve mailed out 4,000 posters, 16,000 brochures and over 500 fridge thermometers to events around the country. The Food Safety Week mail out has now closed but let us know if you would like boxes of posters/brochures for the cost of postage or fridge thermometers for $3.30 each + postage for other events.
We are concerned that this year’s activities will be severely curtailed as we still haven’t had our long term Federal Government restored after it was suddenly withdrawn 2 years ago. Help us make sure that the 20th Australian Food Safety Week won’t be the last by sponsoring our important work, particularly to fund our research, radio and TV announcements and media release distribution – see our Sponsorship guide. You can contact us on 0407 626 688 or emailing email@example.com
Join us to help reduce the amount of food poisoning in Australia – find out about how to become a member.
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What happened during Australian Food Safety Week 2015
The 2015 Food Safety Week, with a budget of less than $20,000, was one of the most successful ever:
- 90 organisations, including local government, schools, aged care facilities and workplaces registered events with us
- our media release generated 56 news items that reached 12,098,793 unique viewers
- more than 6,000 people completed our online food safety quiz
- our radio messages were played 6,903 times on 78 stations (20 metropolitan and 58 rural, regional and remote)
- our TV community service announcement was broadcast 329 times nationally
- an Omnipoll national survey we held in late January 2016 found that total recall of a food safety message in the media was 31% – 23% recalled messages on TV, 9% in newspapers, 6% on radio and 9% on the internet.