Food safety

Cancer and some treatments such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants can weaken the body’s immune system by affecting white blood cells that protect against infection. If you’re having these treatments, you’ll be encouraged to take care preparing, handling and storing food as a weakened immune system can make you more susceptible to foodborne illness.

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Making safer food choices

Food type

Safe action

Precautions to take

chicken

Cook thoroughly

  • Refrigerate leftover chicken immediately – don’t let it cool on the benchtop
  • Eat within 24 hours. Reheat until steaming hot
  • Avoid purchased, ready-to-eat chicken

meat

Cook thoroughly

  • Refrigerate leftover food immediately – don’t let it cool on the benchtop
  • Eat within 24 hours. Reheat until steaming hot

seafood

Eat well-cooked, fresh seafood

  • Refrigerate leftover seafood immediately and eat within 24 hours
  • Avoid raw seafood (e.g. oysters, sashimi or sushi) and ready-to-eat peeled prawns
  • Avoid smoked, ready-to-eat seafood

cold meats (home cooked)

Store in fridge

  • Avoid unpackaged ready-to-eat cold meats from the deli counter or packaged, sliced ready-to-eat cold meats

sandwich

Eat freshly made

  • Avoid pre-made sandwiches

salad

Wash thoroughly before preparing

  • Refrigerate leftover salad immediately and eat within 24 hours
  • Avoid ready-to-eat or prepackaged deli salads, including pre-cut fruit salads

cheese

Eat hard or processed cheese (e.g. cream cheese, cottage cheese)

  • Store cheese in fridge
  • Avoid soft, semi-soft and surface-ripened cheeses (e.g. brie, camembert, ricotta, fetta and blue)

other dairy products

Store pasteurised milk, yoghurt and custard in fridge

  • Avoid unpasteurised or raw dairy products

packaged food

Use within use-by dates

  • Store unused portions in fridge in clean, sealed containers and use within 24 hours

ice-cream

Keep frozen

  • Avoid soft serve ice-cream

General precautions

  • Wash your hands and knives, cutting boards and food preparation areas thoroughly with hot soapy water before cooking.
  • Take care when eating out, as it can be difficult to know whether food safety guidelines are being followed. Where possible, ask for meals to be made fresh and avoid pre-prepared foods that have been sitting for unknown periods of time.

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Instructions for downloading and reading EPUB files

Apple devices

The iBooks application must be installed on your Apple device before you can read the EPUB.
Different ways to download an EPUB file to your Apple device:

  • email EPUB files to yourself and transfer the attachment to iBooks.
  • copy EPUB files into DropBox (or a similar service) and use the DropBox app to send them to iBooks.
  • open EPUB files directly from Mobile Safari and open them in iBooks, where they are saved automatically by downloading the EPUB from the website.

Need more help? Visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4059

Kobo

To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
Need more information? Visit: http://www.kobo.com/help/koboaura/response/?id=3784&type=3

Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

Need more help? Visit: https://au.readerstore.sony.com/apps_and_devices/

Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200767340&qid=1395967989&sr=1-1
For more information on accessing a PDF on your Kindle™, visit www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle, log in to your account and click on Personal Document Settings.
Need more help? Visit https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630

Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.


This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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