The food safety question is today a matter of concern for everyone. It is estimated that every year more than five million Australians are affected by foodborne illness. Danisco discuss the importance of food safety measures to prevent foodborne illness.
Governments both on state and national level have put a greater focus on food safety this year. The NSW government passed legislation and launched of the ‘name and shame’ food safety website for consumers. This website lists those food businesses that have receive penalty notices from the Food Safety Authority and NSW councils for serious food offences, post the details online for consumers to read.
During Food Safety Week in November, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Jan McLucas, launched two new TV community service advertisements to ensure that consumers are aware of the food poisoning risks when preparing food at home.
Worldwide, there have been a number of voluntary product recalls recently on both branded and private label products and smallgoods products due to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes. In August this year, Canadian health authorities confirmed that 20 deaths were due to consumption of small goods products contaminated by L. monocytogenes.
Listeriosis is a comparatively rare form of foodborne illness, but it can be a very serious disease in a small group of individuals. Those who are pregnant, immunocompromised, young children and the frail elderly are quite susceptible to food poisoning from Listeria.