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Food Safety Today Spreads Awareness to Stop Listeriosis Outbreaks
Date:8/26/2013

Palm Beach, QLD (PRWEB) August 26, 2013

Representatives with Food Safety Today (http://foodsafetytoday.com.au) say they’ve put together a plan to help educate the general public to finally stop the spread of food-born illnesses like listeriosis.

“We’re going to aggressively fight against this by providing extensive training and guidance on how to safely handle food,” said Joanne Ballantyne, owner and director of Food Safety Today.

Ballantyne went on to explain that with the number of people who are affected each year, Food Safety Today could no longer sit by and watch more people stricken with the illness.

Approximately 20-30 people per year are affected by listeriosis in some way.

As a solution, Ballantyne revealed that Food Safety Today is now offering the only nationally recognized food handling course (http://foodsafetytoday.com.au/courses) for the hospitality, food processing and health and community services sectors.

The best thing about the course, which includes information on listeria, Ballantyne said, can be done by correspondence, online and onsite training for groups.

According to The NSW Food Authority, most at risk should avoid ready to eat foods, such as soft cheese such as brie, blue, fetta, camembert and ricotta, cold chicken or turkey particularly if sliced or diced, such as used in chicken sandwiches.

In addition, Ballantyne said, pre-prepared or packaged salads greens and salads should be avoided.

“Raw seafood such as oysters, sashimi, smoked salmon or oysters (canned oysters are safe), sushi, unpasteurized dairy products including raw goat’s milk and Roquef
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