Food Preparation Safety Alert

Safety Food Handling
Food Preparation Safety Alert

Many of you will be aware of the issue of needles being recently discovered in strawberries. Queensland Health advises all strawberries should be cut up prior to consuming them. We have received advice from our peak body Leading Age Services Australia, and also the Commonwealth Department of Health that a needle has also been found in a banana at a residential aged care facility.

What should I do as a Helper?

At Five Good Friends we provide food preparation support to many of our members, and their safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. When providing this assistance, and in general with all members, please ensure you:

  • Discuss planning to cut fruit up and inspect it prior to eating.
  • Avoid damaged fruit or pre-packaged items with visible tears or dents when grocery shopping.
  • Discuss any concerns with your Care Manager.