Safe Food for Consumers

Safely handling food at home

Keeping food safe can be quick and easy. Food safety is vitally important to maintaining good health. The following key tips from the NSW Food Authority are the golden rules for keeping food safe:

Keep it cold

  • Keep the fridge below 5⁰C
  • Put any food that needs to be kept cold in the fridge straight away
  • Don’t eat food that’s meant to be in the fridge if it’s been left out for 2 hours or more
  • Defrost and marinate foods in the fridge, especially meats
  • Shop with a cooler bag, picnic with an esky

Keep it clean

  • Wash and dry hands thoroughly before starting to prepare or eat any food, even a snack
  • Keep benches, kitchen equipment and tableware clean and dry
  • Don’t let raw meat juices drip onto other foods
  • Separate raw and cooked food and use different cutting boards and knives for both
  • Avoid making food for others if sick with something like diarrhoea

Keep it hot

  • Cook foods to at least 60⁰C, hotter for specific foods
  • Reheat foods to at least 60⁰C, until they’re steaming hot
  • Make sure there’s no pink left in cooked meats such as mince or sausages
  • Look for clear juices before serving chicken
  • Heat to boiling all marinades containing raw meat juices before serving

Check the label

  • Don’t eat food past a ‘use-by’ date
  • Note a ‘best before’ date
  • Follow storage and cooking instructions
  • Be allergy aware
  • Ask the seller for information about unpackaged foods

Food poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by consuming food or drink that is contaminated with food poisoning organisms. Symptoms of food poisoning may vary depending on the cause of the illness and certain people are more susceptible.

How do I report a food safety concern?

If you:

  • Have witnessed a food business within the City of Busselton that you suspect is not complying with safe food handling practices, or
  • Have fallen ill and believe it is from food you have consumed from a City of Busselton food business, or
  • Have purchased food from a food business in Busselton that you believe is not safe,

phone 9781 0444 and ask to speak to someone in Environmental Health. If possible, retain your proof of purchase (receipt) and any uneaten portion of food. You may be required to complete a Food Complaint Form and submit it to us for further investigation.