Our food supply is among the safest in the world, however each year an estimated 5.4 million Australians contract a food borne illness.
Most cases of food borne illness are preventable through good hygiene and safe food handling practices.
Food safety is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play:
- food businesses are required to make sure the food they sell is safe and suitable to eat
- consumers need to ensure that safe food handling practices are applied from the time food is purchased until it is served, and
- state and local government work together to ensure that the food for sale in South Australia is safe and suitable.
The Food & Controlled Drugs Branch in SA Health works together with other government agencies and local councils to ensure that the food for sale in SA is safe and correctly labelled.