Salmonella spike prompts warning

A RISE in Salmonella cases has prompted a reminder for those planning an Australia Day barbecue to prepare their feast safely, in order to avoid food poisoning.

Director of Food and Controlled Drugs Dr Fay Jenkins said there had been an almost 70pc increase in cases over the past five years.

“Cooking a barbecue is a popular pastime on Australia Day, however bad food handling techniques can lead to serious illness,” Dr Jenkins said.

“Salmonella can be contracted by cross contamination from mixing raw and cooked meats and poultry, eating raw egg products like homemade mayonnaise or aioli, or consuming food that has


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