Food Safety Magazine: More than half of food industry workers go to work sick, according to the annual Mind of the Food Worker study conducted by the Center for Research and Public Policy and commissioned by Alchemy Systems.
A few highlights from the poll:
· 51 percent of workers say they “always or frequently” go to work when sick.
· More than 45 percent say they go to work because they can’t afford not to.
· More than 46 percent said they don’t want to let their fellow coworkers down by not showing up for their scheduled shift.
Food Safety Information Council: On Global Handwashing Day the Food Safety Information Council has recommended Australians take the time to wash their hands for the time it takes them to hum ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.
Food Safety Information Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, said there was evidence that Australians did know how to wash their hands correctly as the Council’s telephone surveys consistently showed that 98% of respondents recognised that you should wash your hands using soap and dry thoroughly on a clean towel.
Nine News: Food-borne illnesses now pose one of the greatest threats to the health of Australians, warns a communicable diseases expert.
Changes to the way food is grown and distributed across the globe have been blamed for the increased risk of serious illness from the consumption of contaminated food.