AUSTRALIA: Health fears on food handling
Posted: November 9th, 2011 - 10:19am
TASMANIANS are being warned to handle chicken and eggs with care after 150 cases of salmonella infection have been identified over the past year.
Director of public health Roscoe Taylor said unsafe handling of chicken and eggs was causing preventable and sometimes serious illness in Tasmania.
Dr Taylor said each year that between 150 and 200 Tasmanians were diagnosed with salmonella infection and 600 cases of campylobacter gastroenteritis.
He said the spread of campylobacter gastroenteritis could be easily avoided by storing and cooking chicken properly, and cleaning utensils properly.
"To stop the rapid multiplication of germs, chicken should be kept out of the danger zone of between five and 60C. This means keeping it in a cold fridge, then cooking it right through," he said.