Australian Food Safety Week 2018

The theme for Australian Food Safety Week,10 to 17 November 2018, will be ‘Food Poisoning – take it seriously!’

We know food poisoning is a serious issue so this year we are calling on people who have been affected by food poisoning to share their stories to help us get our food safety messages across. You can use this link to let us know your story, either identified or anonymously, and how it affected you and your family.

During the 2018 Australian Food Safety Week we particularly want to help those who are at greater risk if they do get food poisoning such as pregnant women, the elderly and people with poor immune systems. A downloadable package of material for use in Australian Food Safety Week events, including a draft media release, an online quiz and posters will be available in September 2018.

What happened during AFSW17?

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.

The 2017 Australian Food Safety Week ‘Is it done yet? Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time’ was highly successful:

  • We produced a TV community service announcement that was screened 366 times and 3 radio announcements were aired 4,100 times, including to specific indigenous audiences.
  • Our YouTube video was shown in 49,000 GP surgeries reaching an audience of 14 million a month.
  • The media coverage reached a known audience of 1,186,076.
  • 1650 posters, 3300 brochures and 682 fridge thermometers were distributed to community events around the country.
  • A pre and post campaign survey found a 1% increase in safe cooking temperature knowledge and that cooking temperature knowledge was higher among people who owned thermometers.

See more about AFSW2017

Previous Australian Food Safety Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Lifehacker

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 info@foodsafety.asn.au 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 info@foodsafety.asn.au

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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