Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Food Poisoning on the Rise

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Food Poisoning on the Rise

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Pamela Frost

FOOD poisoning is on the rise with an increase in food poisoning cases in the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg region in the past year.

Queensland Health has issued a warning to residents after alarming statistics have revealed only 1% of people know eggs should never be washed before cooking and only 21% of people know washing uncooked chicken is a health risk.

Health figures showed about 269 people have presented with food poisoning within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service so far this year.

This was 112 more cases than the previous year, when 157 cases were recorded in the same period.

These figures were based on the number of cases of campylobacter - the most common cause of food poisoning in Australia.

Queensland health protection executive director Sophie Dwyer said the research showed 75% of people thought they understood safe food practices.

But she said people overestimated their knowledge of basic food hygiene and were suffering because of it. …

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