Eliza McPhee of the Daily Mail wrote in Sept. that Australians have been warned not to indulge in any takeaway meals offered on Facebook Marketplace with fears the cheap food could lead to food poisoning.
Curries, noodles, cooked meat, desserts, rice dishes and even raw sausages are just some of the items on offer on the advertising platform with some starting at $8.
But the Food Safety Information Council has warned it’s highly likely the home chefs aren’t meeting food safety requirements.
Cathy Moir, chair of the health promotion charity said they became aware of the ‘illegal’ practice in May after noticing a string of ‘high-risk’ foods were being sold online.
‘These unregulated food sales are a considerable food safety risk. There is a real risk of food poisoning, which, in its worst form can have severe health consequences,’ Ms Moir said.
‘Not only that, it is illegal. Government and local council enforcement agencies are clamping down on these unregistered food businesses, as and when they become aware of them.
‘However, new sellers keep popping up and this is putting a considerable strain on our health services.’
Advertising food does not go against any rules of Facebook Marketplace which is commonly used to buy and sell clothes or furniture.
But Ms Moir said cooking at home couldn’t ensure the same level of health and safety as registered businesses would have.