Locals are being warned to be careful when handling raw or uncooked food as part of Food Safety Week.
This year’s theme ‘Raw and Risky’ focusses on the mishandling of raw or uncooked foods, in particular eggs which can cause foodborne illnesses in Australia.
There have been a number of food poisoning outbreaks in recent years linked to eggs and other uncooked or lightly cooked food, and Bega Valley Shire Council is working to increase awareness of the risks.
Eggs can be contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella, and can be a source of food poisoning if not handled and cooked properly.
Residents who have their own hens should keep the nesting material and litter clean and dry and change it regularly, and wash and dry their hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling eggs.
To help promote the message, Bega Valley Shire Council will be holding a competition.
The prize will be one of six egg separators; the first six correct answers drawn will each win a prize.
The community can email or write to Council answering the following food safety question:
What foodborne illness is most commonly linked to raw eggs?
Mail to: Environmental Health Team PO Box 492, Bega NSW 2550
The prizes will be drawn after the last mail on 30 November 2016.
Photograph: One of the egg separators you can win in Council’s Food Safety Week competition.