Food poisoning risk on the rise at work?

Date: Jul 25, 2020

As more businesses are bringing people back to centralised offices amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, there is a new public health risk for workers and visitors that they may need to be aware of.

Specifically, instances of food and salmonella poisoning are on the rise in some parts of the country, according to the Australian Institute of Food Safety. This is largely because of people raising chickens in their yards, likely stemming from a single supplier or small number of such businesses. Both the eggs and meat of these poultry birds could be sources of the illness if they are handled and people don't wash their hands afterwards.

The impact on businesses

While it may not be likely, if the number of salmonella cases around the country grows, it may be an indicator of a food safety issue that businesses have to keep in mind. That's true of both businesses that serve or sell food and just those that allow employees to prepare meals on their grounds (for example, in the office kitchen).

The Australian Institute of Food Safety notes that so far, the vast majority of reported cases have involved children under the age of 11.

What can be done?

For businesses, it's important to maintain clean facilities on an ongoing basis to maintain high levels of food safety, according to the Australian Institute of Accreditation. That means discarding sponges, thoroughly washing shared utensils and cleaning all surfaces where foods are prepared and handled. With a comprehensive approach – and clear communication to employees about their personal responsibilities – the amount of risk is likely to come down sharply. That, in turn, should reduce public liability.

When you believe you have been adversely affected by an issue of negligence on the part of a business or other organisation, involving injury or illness suffered in a public place, it's important to know what avenues for recourse you might have available to you.

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