Food poisoning is caused by bacteria and occurs when food has not been properly handled, stored or cooked. When shopping, it’s important to keep the temperature of your food within a safe range.
Just by being a savvy shopper, you can ensure that your food makes it safely from supermarket to home, without the addition of any hidden nasties!
- Place frozen or chilled foods in your trolley last – start with the non-food aisles first, then the non-refrigerated drinks and dry goods, then refrigerated meats and ready-to-eat foods, and finally the frozen foods and hot food sections.
- Keep hot foods, like cooked chicken, away from cold foods in your trolley
- Keep raw meats away from other foods, as they may leak
- Never buy products past their used-by date, or damaged products, such as ripped bags and dented cans, and bruised fruit and vegetables.
- At the check-out, make sure the sales assistant places raw meats in a separate bag and keeps chilled foods together – cold with cold and hot with hot.
*The older the food, the more chance there is for microbes to grow and reach harmful levels.
Transporting Food Home
- Turn up the air-conditioner, or wind down the windows and place packed food out of direct sunlight
- Take an Esky or insulated bag to store cold foods, if travelling more than 30 minutes from the shops, or on hot days
- Try not to leave your groceries sitting in a hot car while you go off and run other errands
- Place chilled or frozen foods in the fridge or freezer as soon as you arrive home
*The temperature in your car can get as hot as 40’C and higher, on those hot summer days.
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