Community and Public Health no longer provides food safety services within Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
The Ministry for Primary Industries now deals with queries on any of the following:
- Food Complaints including foreign objects or undeclared allergens in food within our region;
- Food Recalls;
- Imported Food;
- Food Safety Programmes; and
- Food Labelling
Contact an Environmental Health Officer at your local council if you want to report a ‘dirty’ food premises or unhygienic practices of food handlers.
Food safety guidance for pregnant women
Your immunity levels are lower than usual when you are pregnant. So you’re more at risk of getting food poisoning or other diseases from food.
Eating safely when you are pregnant will help protect you and your developing baby’s health. Foodborne illness can make you and your baby unwell, and in extreme cases can cause:
- serious illness;
- premature birth;
- stillbirth; or
- the death of newborn babies.
Some foods have a higher risk of causing illness and should be avoided while you’re pregnant. Other foods need to be prepared carefully to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria.
It is also important to follow basic food safety guidelines when preparing and storing food. This helps prevent harmful bacteria from getting in your food.
For further information, contact:
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
0800 693 721
Understanding the risks of raw milk
Raw milk has not been heat treated to kill harmful bacteria such as Campylobacter, Listeria and toxin-producing strains of E. coli.
There’s no way of telling by taste, sight or smell if raw milk will make you sick.
People most likely to get sick from drinking raw unpasteurised milk are young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
Be food safe this summer
Sharing a delicious picnic or BBQ with family and friends is a much-anticipated part of summer holidays, but the warm weather does bring some risks to our meals over this time.