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Don and Ben talk to each other and the occasional guest about food safety in the news. They also respond to listener feedback

Food Safety Talk Don Schaffner and Ben Chapman

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    • 5.0, 76 Ratings

Don and Ben talk to each other and the occasional guest about food safety in the news. They also respond to listener feedback

    Food Safety Talk 216: Not a Shoeborne Disease

    Food Safety Talk 216: Not a Shoeborne Disease

    The podcast opens (as it usually does) with a discussion of Skype and podcasting. Ben quickly moves to a discussion of his perfected coffee receipe with a teaser regarding the details to come on Twitter later. Ben updates the podcast on his latest purchase, while Don just wants an Anthony Fauci bobblehead. Don mentions a recent guest appearance on another podcast before the guys launch into yet another discussion of the possibility of COVID-19 being transmitted by food (spoiler alert, probably not). The guys then segue into a discussion of an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, not yet linked to a vehicle. Ben asked Don about his opinion on 3-D printed chicken nuggets, and the show wraps up with a discussion of the safety regarding black garlic.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Food Safety Talk 215: My Wooden Shoes

    Food Safety Talk 215: My Wooden Shoes

    Don and Ben start the podcast talking about other podcasts, editing intricacies and other general inside sportsball stuff. The discussion goes to fall plans for universities. They talk about a petition to test meat for SARS-CoV-2, airborne transmission vs. aerosol transmission vs. borne in the air - and the role of fomites in different food settings. The guys end the show talking about sous vide chicken donuts and Cyclospora in salad mixes.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Food Safety Talk 214: Tick-man

    Food Safety Talk 214: Tick-man

    The show opens with Ben discussing a phone call he had earlier that morning. From there the guys moved to talking about podcasting gear and current COVID-19 related podcasts, as well as a new show Ben is thinking about. Don discusses his blog post about the risks of methanol-based hand sanitizer. The show is briefly interrupted with real time ear-ache followup... Turns out! Then Ben wants to talk about other toxin related topics and Don mention follow-up regarding toxic Brazilian beer. Ben pitches Don on the idea of more research on food delivery and Don is all in. The show wraps with a discussion of salmon and COVID-19 and the benefits of gloves when eating burgers.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Food Safety Talk 213: Goat Yoga Is A Little Different

    Food Safety Talk 213: Goat Yoga Is A Little Different

    Ben and Don start the episode with Don's power outage excitement and then on to some requisite Canadian content, including Kim's Convenience food safety episode (with a turns out). The guys talk about some COVID-19 questions on agritourism and other events (like weddings and funerals) and then chat a bit about world food safety day.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Food Safety Talk 211: Air Bunnies

    Food Safety Talk 211: Air Bunnies

    Don and Ben welcome first time guest Andrew Clarke to the podcast. Andrew previously made a guest appearance in episode 211, although he sounded like Dark Vader. The show opens with Andrew talking his company, Loblaws. Ben quickly steers the conversation to coffee before everyone gets congratulated for all of their awards. Ben once again talks about fanny floating in his hometown in an effort to explain why he's bad at drink tickets, and he also blames Renee. The food safety talk returns as Andrew talks about GFSI and food safety culture, which morphs into COVID-19 talk, masks and risk reduction for risk both real and imagined. Andrew ends of the show with a tantalizing tea teaser for next time.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Food Safety Talk 211: Sounds Like Darth Vader

    Food Safety Talk 211: Sounds Like Darth Vader

    The guys start the show talking about electric bikes, foot pain and backyard (and front yard) chickens. The conversation goes to FoodNet statistics and how COVID-19 might impact foodborne illness tracking, reporting and recalls. In the second half of the episode Don and Ben are joined by Gordon Hayburn of Trophy Foods and Andrew Clarke from Loblaws (briefly) to talk about inspections, virtual audits. The show ends on a discussion of Gordon's experiences in managing COVID-19 issues as a food manufacturer.

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Purpleninjacow ,

Super informative, easy to understand, and great banter!

I started listening to this podcast earlier this summer, and am slowly but surely working my way through all the episodes in the backlog. I don’t have a background in food microbiology (or any other STEM field) but Drs. Ben and Don explain everything so well that I’m able to follow along without any difficulty!

I randomly heard about this podcast from another podcast that I randomly heard about (The Four Top: Ep. 77). So glad that happened, as this podcast has been really made my shut-in-because-of-the-virus days less boring.

microbiojen ,

Food microbiology is awesome

This smart podcast indulges my passion for food safety with enough depth and intelligence that I can still pretend to work in the field, at least with my friends and family. Also it’s fun!

MySpecialMess ,

Five Stars like the safe meal I just prepared thanks to Don and Ben!

Do you like random banter on topics like Netflix, hockey, travels, and family matters? Then you’ll love the first hour of this pod. Do you have a basic interest in living a healthy lifestyle avoiding killer pathogens and bacteria? Since this isn’t the Middle Ages and we’re done worrying about the plague, you’ll love this show. Ben and Don are the Neil DeGrasse Tyson of food safety. They break down vocabulary and make food safety accessible to everyone. Shouldn’t it be that way anyway? I’ve learned more from these two guys than in 37 years of education from schools, tv programming, and family “ways”. Another name for his podcast should be How Not to Die From a Neglected Dinner 🙃

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