AUSTRALIA: Deadly food bugs peak season
Posted: December 26th, 2011 - 10:07am
Source: Adelaide Now
SA HEALTH has warned revellers to consider the nasty bugs that might be lurking inside leftovers.
Cases of potentially deadly salmonella in 2011 have increased by more than 33 per cent, to 982, on last year.
There have also been 2045 cases of the food bug campylobacter - the highest number since 2007.
SA Health food policy and program director Dr Fay Jenkins said the best advice was to throw food out if there was any doubt.
"When food is between 5C and 60C you have got to be very careful with how you handle it afterwards," Dr Jenkins said.
"A lot of the bugs that make us ill love to grow between 30C and 37C."
Food is best kept in fridges below 4C and should be cooked at temperatures above 60C for at least two minutes to kill bacteria.