Food Safety Today has said education is vital to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses such as listeria.
The Australian-based group claims it is offering the only nationally recognized food handling course for hospitality and food processing sectors.
20-30 people per year are affected by listeriosis in some way, said the group.
“We’re going to aggressively fight against this by providing extensive training and guidance on how to safely handle food,” said Joanne Ballantyne, owner and director of Food Safety Today.
“Raw seafood such as oysters, sashimi, smoked salmon or oysters (canned oysters are safe), sushi, unpasteurized dairy products including raw goat’s milk and Roquefort cheese, should be avoided,” added Ballantyne.