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Published Friday 19 November 2021
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Things to consider during Australian Food Safety Week

Australian Food Safety Week runs from 13-20 November

Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world, and we all probably know someone that has an allergy to food.

If you have an allergic reaction to a food allergen it can cause Anaphylaxis, which is the most severe life-threatening form of allergic reaction and it can lead to death.

You can also have an intolerance to food, which is a non-life-threatening negative reaction to food. People with a food intolerance experience symptom such as bloating, cramping, headaches and eczema.

Food allergy is a serious issue, and it's important that you make sure you are buying food that is safe for you, that you are aware of the ingredients in food when buying them from the supermarket, and that you are providing sufficient information to the operators of food outlets when purchasing food.

Council's Environmental Health Officer is continually discussing allergen matrix management with all local food establishments and regularly samples food to ensure there's no presence of allergens.

Most common food allergens include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts (Brazil, Almonds, etc)
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sesame/Soy
  • Cereals containing gluten

The Department of Health website provides further information about food allergen awareness.

Council Health Officer is also available to assist with any enquiries on 5734 6200 or email

This page was last updated on 19 November 2021.