Australian Food Safety Week 2018

The next Australian Food Safety Week will be held from 10 to 17 November 2018 and the theme will be announced early August 2018.

Australian Food Safety Week was held from 11 to 18 November 2017 and its theme was ‘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 happened 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

Check out our media release Australians clueless about safe cooking temperatures – Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time

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.

Watch our TV Community Service Announcement and share our YouTube Video ‘Is it done yet?’ to learn how to use a thermometer and safe cooking temperatures

AFSW17 Flyer


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Download our email banner and use it in your signature block


AFSW17 events

SA Health held a cooking demo at Adelaide Markets with celebrity Chef Adam Liaw Thurs 16 November

Our member Merieux Nutrisciences held a series of free master classes and webinars see more

Darebin Council Victoria conducted Food Handler Information Sessions in November

Cook Shire Council Qld held a 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 had AFSW17 Food Safety Sessions

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale held Hand Hygiene for Families Library Sessions

Weipa Town Authority Qld Food Safety held a Food Safety Forum Wednesday 15 November 2017

City of Holdfast Bay SA held 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 held free BBQ for staff and volunteers

Peninsula Health Vic held Community Kitchens food handlers course. 15th November 2017

Eva Tilley Memorial Home Vic held 4 Australian Food Safety Week events

Sherwood Probus Club Qld held an Australian Food Safety Week event

Find out more:

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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





How you cook can make you (and others) crook poster download


How you cook can make you (and others) crook brochure download




We have some fridge thermometers available for sale at $3.30 each plus postage (minimum order 10) you can order them using this form

Fridge thermometers

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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 if you need other formats) :



download our logo




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How to wash your hands properly poster (adults) download











How to wash your hands properly poster (children) download









Temperature danger zone poster download








   5 simple food safety tips poster download







Do you cook or bring food to a friend or relative in aged care? download












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.

Thanks to our major sponsors and supporters Elanco Animal Health (Australia), Catercare, Tonic Health Media and MediaHeads  who enabled Food Safety Week to go ahead this year.

Check out our media release and raw egg consumption research for Food Safety Week and our raw and risky food fact sheet

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:

Womens’ Weekly

Radio 2UE

Yahoo/Channel 7


Australian Science Media Centre


Community events

Each year many events are held around Australia during Food Safety Week.This is some of what happened in the community:

Rockhampton Council held a shopping centre event

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.

Listen to our radio public information messages here contact us at if you’d like copies to download


Mail out

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

Join us to help reduce the amount of food poisoning in Australia – find out about how to become a member.

We are a health promotion charity solely funded by donations and need your help – find out how!

 What happened during Australian Food Safety Week 2015

2015 ‘Did you know?’ – busting the food safety myths

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.


Previous Australian Food Safety Week themes


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