10 foods to avoid while pregnant … and why


Pregnancy hormones can lower a woman’s immune system to the point that infections and diseases that she would normally fight off can have much more serious consequences. When talking about food poisoning, the two main culprits are listeria (Listeria monocytogenes) and salmonella. In Australia, one in ten cases of listeriosis is a pregnant woman, and […]

Protecting your customers from listeria

The news today is reporting a story about two people who have died from listeria infection. Ten people in total have been affected by this outbreak, which has been linked to rockmelons from a farm at Nericon in the Riverina in NSW. Every year in Australia, about 150 people are hospitalised with listeriosis and about […]


There is a critical difference between “use by” and “best before”, and it is what is happening to the food as it ages.

The attention grabbing cloth

What can be more important than catching up with a friend at a cafe? It turns out the answer is “watching the waitress wipe down everything with a cloth”. Now what?

“Oysters Killed Patrick” now available at immersive theatre

Recently over a dozen people enjoyed “Oysters Killed Patrick” at Secret Cinema’s production of Moulin Rouge! It is an experience that they will remember long after the final song and really resulted in an explosion of colour and emotion the following day.

Food temperature danger zone explainer video

What is the danger zone for food temperature? It’s a very simple message, but critical to food safety. This short explainer video covers the food temperature danger zone and the obligations on restaurants and cafes. It would be great if you shared the video with friends to help get the message out.

Food poisoning teaching in schools

Focusing on food poisoning What The Rotten Food Cookbook has quickly shown me is that there is a fascination in talking about food poisoning and it is far more fascinating than talking about food safety. I think that is because food safety is perceived to be a list of dos and don’ts, while food poisoning […]

Is The Rotten Food Cookbook Effective?

What is The Rotten Food Cookbook The Rotten Food Cookbook is a parody cookbook with every recipe designed to give you food poisoning. The names imply disaster (“Chicken Seizure Salad”, “Beef Wellingup” etc), and the instructions are very explicit. So far no-one has had food poisoning so it would appear the recipes aren’t working. Which […]