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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

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 93 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 268: Add A Catchy Header

    Food Safety Talk 268: Add A Catchy Header

    This is the Live From IAFP Special, where Don and Ben get together in person for their yearly event with listeners from around the world. The show starts with a discussion of the cool things they've seen (and some of the stuff they have missed) at the IAFP Annual Meeting. They talk about an USDA-FSIS's announcement about making Salmonella an adulterant in frozen breaded poultry and what it's impacts may be. They do a bunch of follow-up on Pink Sauce and flour. The guys are then joined by listeners Deep State, Deep In The Heart of Texas, Deep New England, Doxxed Robert and Veronica Illstopatthat to chat about things like play dough, COVID in food settings, Daily Harvest, hyper realistic cakes and the challenges of food safety on TV.

    • 2 hr 20 min
    Food Safety Talk 267: Tara.Freezer.Olaf

    Food Safety Talk 267: Tara.Freezer.Olaf

    The episode begins on Ben's fascination with the Mac OS dark mode and Don's email rules. Ben tells Don about his food safety happenings while on vacation, including using a massive turkey thermometer. The guys talk about complications around information sharing between investigators and businesses during a current ongoing Cyclospora outbreak (with unknown source). The conversation goes to freeze dried blueberries with lead and the safety of skittles. The show ends on a deep dive on updates on Daily Harvest and Big Olaf.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Food Safety Talk 266: Can The Rancid Hurt You?

    Food Safety Talk 266: Can The Rancid Hurt You?

    The show starts with Don's smoke detectors going off (and listen to the after show for how that got resolved) and Ben yet again relying on Don to be his therapist. The guys talk about stuff they are watching including some historical documentaries on politics and music and gardening shows. The food safety content kicks off with a deep dive on an outbreak of listeriosis linked to a Florida ice cream company, Big Olaf. The conversation focuses on the odd communication from the company and Florida officials, and then the guys do some googling (never read the comments). The discussion then goes to meal kits, specifically Daily Harvest and Revive Superfoods which both are experiencing recalls and may have a common ingredient. The show ends on a few quick hits on frozen butter, slow cookers and rat lung worm.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Food Safety Talk 265: Pantheon Of Papers

    Food Safety Talk 265: Pantheon Of Papers

    The guys start this episode talking about TikTok dances, and that is Don's founding member of Ithacon. The conversation goes on to Daily Harvest supplied lentil and leek crumble-linked illnesses. They do a deep dive on what might be the cause, communications and compare the event with Lucky Charms. The guys talk about the upcoming IAFP meeting and a few questions that Ben received about refrigeration in developing countries (with some turns-outs). The episode ends with some listener feedback and a discussion of the difference between young, old, pregnant and immunocompromised (YOPI) populations and highly susceptible populations.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Food Safety Talk 264: Live From AFDO

    Food Safety Talk 264: Live From AFDO

    Don and Ben head to Phoenix (Glendale really) for a road trip and record this episode in front of about 200 attendees of the 126th Association of Food and Drug Officials' Annual Educational Conference. The guys talk about a local (to Glendale) restaurant and their famous salt wall. They go through a list of 25 foods that need to be treated differently (or don't) when held out of refrigeration. They talk about the weird emails they get, gig economy food apps and explain how the answer questions on Risky or Not. Then they open the floor mic up to audience questions and talk about freeze-dried meats, oysters from someone's waterfront property and old grenadine.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Food Safety Talk 263: Faraday Cage For The Voice

    Food Safety Talk 263: Faraday Cage For The Voice

    The episode starts with a discussion of a couple of documentaries that Ben recently watched and Don lends his recommendation of the Time Traveler's Wife (the series, not the film). Ben talks about his recent running experience and then the guys really get into food safety. They do a deep dive of the recent Jif peanut butter-linked Salmonellosis outbreak. They bring back quick game of ABCDCFDA+ around the outbreak and recall information. The conversation goes to Abbott Labs and infant formula (and all the ripple effects of Coronabacter sakazakii). The guys talk about Lucky Charms and the utility of crowdsourced outbreak info. The show ends on a discussion about the challenges of being a political appointee during a pandemic.

    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

HeyFromBilly ,

Surprisingly not boring!

The science is good, the stories are great, and it - thankfully - teaches you how to talk about food safety with your non-food safety friends in a way that will help make sure you are still invited to parties (when we can have parties again.)

August Consumer ,

“Girl talk” between men.

What a waste of time regarding an important topic by experts.
They need to take lessons from Oprah.

Momojes_ ,

Great conversation and easy to follow microbiology podcast

I started listening to this podcast when one of the co-hosts guest-appeared in another show I listened to and I was hooked immediately. Not only are the co-hosts knowledgeable they are also funny and engaging. It also helps that the topics they cover are incredibly interesting. They have both helped me realize how much more they is out there to learn as well as new things to be aware of. I enjoy the episodes when they cover historical food safety moments as well as the timely coverage of on-going recalls and outbreaks which go hand in hand with each other. Their casual conversation also makes these topics easy to follow for newcomers or those unfamiliar with the world of food safety and food microbiology. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys both science podcasts but also podcasts in general.

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