The inside of a car provides the ideal environment and temperature for bacteria to multiply, so food should be in the car for as short a time as possible.
Get refrigerated and frozen foods at the end of the shopping trip and keep them cold by using insulated shopping bags. Keep hot foods separate from cold foods.
Check date markings on food packages, for example, use by or best before dates.
Never buy or use
badly dented cans
leaking cartons, cans, bottles or containers
food packaged in torn or ripped packaging or packaging that has been tampered with
food packages or cans that are swollen
cracked or soiled eggs
ready-to-eat food that has been in contact with raw meat, chicken or their juices. Take note of how ready-to-eat foods are presented as you shop
products in vacuum packs if the packaging has become loose.
After purchasing, store eggs in the fridge as this minimises any safety risk and can extend its shelf life.
Immediately freeze products that you do not intend to use before the use by date. Freezing greatly extends the use by date.
Check the temperature of your refrigerator using a fridge thermometer. It should be 5ºC or colder.
Cooked food can be allowed to cool to ambient temperature within 2 hours before it is put into the fridge. It is not essential to let it completely cool. Food will cool faster in shallower containers. See Thawing, cooking, cooling and reheating for more information.
Store raw meats and poultry near the bottom of the fridge to ensure that juices do not drip onto other foods. Alternatively, put meat onto a covered tray or into a sealed container within the fridge.
Keep raw foods on separate plates from ready-to-eat foods such as cooked foods and salads. Bacteria still grow in foods that have been kept refrigerated – they just take longer to grow.
Don't store food with cleaning chemicals.
You can search through to find related information.
2 Hour/4 Hour Rule Explained
PDF 59 KB
For goodness sake Don't cross-contaminate
PDF 108 KB
Food goodness sake Beware the 'Danger Zone'
PDF 141 KB
Food Safety Fundamentals
PDF 377 KB
Hand hygiene refers to any method which effectively removes soil and any harmful germs.
Thawing, cooking, cooling and reheating food
Ways to thaw, cook, cool and reheat your food to minimise illness
Temperature control - Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Food safety standards - temperature control requirements - Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Thermometers and using them with potentially hazardous food - Food Standards Australia New Zealand
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Web Portal
Information about the Virtual Support Network of services and other resources to support the mental health of the South Australian community.
Use of the information and data contained within this site or these pages is at your sole risk.
If you rely on the information on this site you are responsible for ensuring by independent verification its accuracy, currency or completeness.
This site includes links to other websites operated by community, business and government.
These linked websites will have their own terms and conditions of use and you should familiarise yourself with these.
All linked websites are linked 'as is' and the Government of South Australia:
does not sponsor, endorse or necessarily approve of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations regarding the quality, accuracy, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations that material on other websites to which this site is linked does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person anywhere in the world; and
does not authorise the infringement of any intellectual property rights contained in material in other websites by linking this site to those other websites.
If you use automatic language translation services in connection with this site you do so at your own risk.
The information and data on this site is subject to change without notice. The Government of South Australia may revise this disclaimer at any time by updating this posting.
The Government of South Australia, its agents, instrumentalities, officers and employees:
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information and data contained on this site
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy or usefulness of any translation of the information on this site or any linked website into another language
make no representations as to the availability of the site and the availability of websites linked from or to the site
accept no liability however arising for any loss resulting from the use of the site and any information and data or reliance placed on it (including translated information and data)
make no representations, either expressed or implied, as to the suitability of the said information and data for any particular purpose
accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user's computer, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this Site or its use or any website linked to this site
do not represent or warrant that applications or payments initiated through this site will in fact be received or made to the intended recipient. Users are advised to confirm the application or payment by other means.