Food Safety for Consumers

Food Safety for Consumers

While Australia has one of the safest food supplies in the world, around 5.4 million Australians suffer from foodborne illness each year .

Fortunately, fatalities are rare but anyone who has suffered foodborne illness knows the symptoms can be very unpleasant.

Foodborne illness can be particularly serious in young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people already sick (eg cancer and HIV/AIDS patients).

The information below provides advice and resources for reducing your risk of foodborne illness.


Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

Population Health Services: Community Nutrition

Food Safety Information Council

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Contact us

Call the Public Health Hotline - Tasmania on Freecall 1800 671 738 or email

December 2015