Healthy living


Keep it clean or feel green

The majority of food poisoning happens at home.

Bacteria on raw meat, chicken, eggs and fruit ‘n’ veg can spread around your kitchen and to your food, making you sick. Cleaning your hands, utensils and benchtops before, during and after cooking food is a simple way to prevent food poisoning.

Play it Food Safe to prevent food poisoning. 

Food safety tips

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water:
    • before handling food, especially cooked food
    • after going to the toilet
    • between handling raw and cooked foods.
  • Avoid using bare hands to touch food. Use tongs, forks and spoons whenever possible.
  • Always clean and sanitise work surfaces and utensils. Sanitisers kill bacteria, while detergents only remove dirt and grease.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables, especially if eaten raw.
  • Use safe, treated water when preparing food and cleaning.
  • Use separate cutting boards and knives for each type of food, for example raw meat, fish, vegetables and cooked foods.
  • Use paper towels whenever possible. Dishcloths and towels can carry bacteria.
  • Protect food preparation areas and food from pests, insects and pets.

For more food safety tips, watch:

eggs campaign image Food safety - separate static Food safety - cook static 

Last reviewed: 01-09-2020
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