Food safety

How we handle, prepare and store our food is important to prevent food borne illness (or food poisoning). 

We need to be aware of food safety, as over 500 New Zealanders get food poisoning every day. This can be unpleasant, often causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. In severe cases, it may require hospital treatment.
However, the risk of food poisoning can be minimised by being aware of safe food practices.   

For full information and tips on food safety:

Visit Foodsmart:  (Ministry of Primary Industries)

This website covers all aspects of food safety and includes tips and resources. 

Some topics covered are:

  • Clean, cook, chill
  • Food safety at home
  • Clean hands
  • Barbeque food safety
  • Chilly bags for summer
  • Keep your food safe this summer 

Find details of food safety for:

  • Pregnant women
  • People with low immunity
  • People with babies, toddlers, children
  • Older people
  • Maori, Pacific and other cultures


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Page Reviewed July 2013