Although there are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year, the Federal Government has still not restored our long term funding to reduce this rate of food poisoning. The Assistant Health Minister asked us to submit a funding proposal but it has been rejected due to ‘fiscal constraint’. So now we have to turn to other fundraising options. Although our members contribute close to $500,000 a year in donated time and resources we still need cash to pay for essentials such as website, phone bills and insurance as well as the costs of Food Safety Week. About 1,000 people a day access the food safety information on our website and 2,000 a day read our social media.
Our 2017-18 Australian Food Safety Week and summer campaign ‘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.
We are asking you to make a tax deductable donation to us to help us keep going. All of our board and executive members volunteer our expertise in food safety and communications so any donation goes to directly fund our work.
We’d also like to ask you to leave a testimonial about how the Food Safety Information Council’s work has helped you, whether it was with an enquiry about what to do with leftovers or if the power has gone out or any of the many other questions we get. These testimonials will help us make the argument for funding and sponsorship. All you have to do is click this button to donate and leave a testimonial.