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Food storage and handling

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Food preparation and safety

Food poisoning can be avoided by correct food preparation and safety in the kitchen. Learn more about food storage, preparation and cooking.

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Gluten Free Diet | myVMC

A gluten free diet is a diet free of gluten. Gluten is a storage protein derived from wheat, barley, rye and a number of other cereals, and thus is commonly found in modern diets.

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Food safety myths

Correct food safety procedures can cut the likelihood of food poisoning.

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Storage of your eggs, sperm & embryos in Victoria | VARTA

Eggs, sperm and embryos not used in a treatment procedure can be stored for future use. Eggs and sperm (gametes) can be stored for 10 years and embryos can be stored for five years. If you wish to keep your embryos in storage for longer than five years, you will need to consent to a further storage period with your clinic. You are able to store embryos for up to five years longer than the initial five-year storage period (i.e. total of 10 years).

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Food poisoning prevention and food safety | myVMC

Food-borne diseases are diseases that are transmitted by food. Food that has been contaminated with pathogens including micro-organisms like bacteria or toxic substances like lead or mercury can cause infection and/or toxicity if a person eats the food. Eating contaminated food causes the micro-organisms or other contaminants to enter your body.

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Food safety | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

When people get sick from eating food, this is known as 'food borne' illness or food poisoning

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Food safety tips

Taking care when you buy, store and handle food makes it last longer and can also reduce the risk of food poisoning.

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Food safety after cyclones, floods and other disasters

When disasters cause the power to go out, it generally means the food in your fridge will start to go off.

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Date marking

Food labels are date marked with either a best before or use-by date to tell you the safe shelf life of that food (how long the food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate).

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Taking leftover food home

If you do take food home from a food business, it is important you store and handle the food safely to avoid food poisoning.

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