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Food poisoning can be acquired up to 72 hours or more prior to noticeable symptoms appearing. Therefore, it is important to provide as much information as possible about any food you have eaten over the last few days.
Samples of any leftover food you have eaten will also assist in determining what type of food poisoning you have suffered from.
Gloves can be an effective means for protecting food from contamination however have their limitations and should be changed regularly. They should never replace washing your hands.
Some food businesses may choose to have a policy requiring their workers to wear hats when handling food, particularly those with long hair.
If a businesses uses tea towels they should ensure:- They are washed and sanitised regularly;- They are not used as a means to cover and protect food;- They are not used a means of washing or drying hands;- They are not used if wet or visibly soiled or dirty.
Equipment that is used to store and display food such as cool rooms, bain marie units, and sandwich display units may have a thermometer as part of the equipment.
Food from doggy bags can be exposed to food safety hazards such as temperature abuse and inappropriate food handling by the customer. If a food business chooses to supply doggy bags to customers that should take the following precautions:- Have a set procedure for dealing with doggy bags and ensure all staff are instructed on this procedure;- Transfer the food into a new container suitable for food; and- Have an instruction sticker or leaflet which explains suitable storage and reheating requirements for the food.
The Code allows for assistance animals in outdoor, and indoor eating environments. It does not cover companion animals.
A food business may also choose to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas, providing certain criteria are met.