An outbreak of coronaviruses in Australia could mean a bumper crop for farmers, but a recent report suggests you should keep food safe.
In a survey of 1,000 Australians, food safety researcher Dr Chris Trench found that about three quarters of those surveyed had already eaten at least one contaminated meal, while another third had eaten a few contaminated meals in the previous six months.
That could mean you need to take some extra precautions with your food.
“We do think it’s important to ensure that you don’t get contaminated, you don.
Don’t get a contaminated meal,” Dr Trench told the ABC’s The World at One.
“The more contaminated you are the more you’re at risk.”
Dr Tressent also found that Australians were more likely to eat food with contaminated meat and eggs than the general population.
He said he had heard of cases where people had eaten contaminated meat that had been sent to restaurants and been given to their friends and family.
“That’s why it’s so important that you’re doing that to be sure,” Dr Trussell said.
The survey found about a third of Australians (33 per cent) had eaten food that had come from a contaminated farm, and almost half of them (45 per cent), had eaten at the same time or had eaten within 24 hours of it being contaminated.
“There is also a very high risk of contamination from the handling of contaminated meat,” Dr Trauss said.
“What you need is to get it through the processing process in a way that does not affect the flavour and texture of the food.”
Dr Trass also warned that even small levels of contamination can cause problems for food safety.
“In the case of contaminated food, there’s really no doubt that it’s not good,” he said.
But what about food that has been sitting in a supermarket for a long time?
Dr Truss said that the longer it is in the supermarket, the more likely it is to be contaminated.
That means you should try to make sure you’re getting it into the fridge as quickly as possible.
“If you can get it into your fridge as fast as you can, that’s a huge advantage because you don-t have to wait for the fridge to be full, you can just go in there and grab it,” Dr Truess said.
Dr Trust said there were different levels of food that could be contaminated and should be avoided.
“You can’t just get a sample of food from the supermarket and then put it in your fridge, you have to actually get it out of the fridge,” he explained.
What you need do is make sure it has been refrigerated properly. “
And so it’s really important that, if you can make sure that you can have a safe food before you go out to eat, then you’re going to eat the food that you have.”
What you need do is make sure it has been refrigerated properly.
Dr Traiss said that it was important to keep food refrigerated at room temperature and that the freezer should be emptied regularly, because a contaminated food can contaminate the contents of the freezer.
If you do need to open the freezer, you should check that the contents are not contaminated.
If food is in a fridge or freezer but has not been opened, it is not necessarily safe to eat.
If there is any doubt, you could get it to the lab and take it out.
Dr Trenches advice also applies to frozen foods that were frozen before they were used.
Dr Trues advice is not limited to food that is already in the fridge.
“It’s a good idea to do a full freezer sanitisation,” he told The World At One.
You should also check the food before opening it and make sure the seal is tight.
“As soon as you get to the fridge and it’s opened, you’ll see the seal’s been loosened, you’ve probably got the proper seal on it, you’re not going to be able to eat it,” he advised.
The World’s best way to prevent contamination Dr Traus said there was no safe way to eat a contaminated fruit or vegetable without being tested.
“Food should be stored in a cool, dry place so there’s no chance of contamination,” he warned.
You need to avoid eating food that contains a contaminated ingredient that has not yet been tested.” “
But then again, you also need to be careful with your own eating.
You need to avoid eating food that contains a contaminated ingredient that has not yet been tested.”
Dr Trssell said the best way was to wash your hands after eating contaminated food.