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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, 74 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 212: Air Bunnies

    Food Safety Talk 212: 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
    Food Safety Talk 210: Liberty-Dibbities

    Food Safety Talk 210: Liberty-Dibbities

    The show starts with Don asking Ben to help with some questions from a reporter about disinfectant wipes. After a brief digression into bacon maple jam safety, the guys segue to the risks of using fruit ripen or as hand sanitizer, and from there into the risk of re-opening the economy and how to manage them. Don reads from an email message about why Taiwan has not shut down it's economy, and from there recommends a new podcast, while Ben recommends a Netflix show. They both recommend the recent SNL cold open with Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci. Ben talks about his chickens, while Don talks about loose sheep. The discussion turns to the risk of COVID-19 in food processing plants and from wet markets, and the origin of SARS-CoV-2. After a brief chat about biosafety labs and the risks of accidental release, Ben asked Don about the recent $25 million fine of chipotle before the guys wrap up the show.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Food Safety Talk 209: Joe Exotic Stimulus Check

    Food Safety Talk 209: Joe Exotic Stimulus Check

    The show starts with some French Canadian references, cousin talk and Belgium TV shows (at least one). The guys talk a bit about code switching, and Ben's rewatching of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (even the bad ones). They then talk about how COVID-19 is affecting essential employees, and what that means for the food industry and supply. Ben and Don talk about what they think about pausing inspections and go into a deep dive about a blip in recalls. The discussion shifts to chicken liver pate and forcemeats. The show ends with the guys talking about Adam Schlesinger and John Prine.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Food Safety Talk 208: Poopers on the Fritz

    Food Safety Talk 208: Poopers on the Fritz

    This episode was recorded on Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2020 after Don and Ben had just returned from what they now know was their last two trips before everything was COVID-19 cancelled. Since they have more fresh corona-content to deliver, posting of this episode got preempted, but now that things are more corona-normal, they're getting around to getting this one out. The show starts with the usual nonsense before the guys begin to talk about PPE. Food safety related topics that are discussed include Campylobacter, contaminated Brazilian beer, as well as the food safety effects of essential oils, bulk soaps, shopping bags, and everybody's old favorite virus, norovirus. The show dips back into pop culture right at the end as well.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Food Safety Talk 207: Keeping Food Out of Toilet Rooms

    Food Safety Talk 207: Keeping Food Out of Toilet Rooms

    This episode was recorded in February, back before stay-at-home orders, school closures and the recognition of a global pandemic. We ended up recording a couple more episodes after this that we put up because of timeliness. This one is a bit of a mess with interruptions and edits, sorry. In this episode Don and Ben deal with dog sounds, talk about British comedy shows and other things they are watching. The guys then talk about a guest pitch from someone not named Ray Romano. The guys do a deep dive on ghost kitchens and the challenges regulating them. They then talk about issues related to using consumer food purchase data to help with outbreak investigations. No deliberation, just conversation. The guys talk about how they consume news, where they stay up to date on food safety and other things. The episode ends on some feedback on free venison.

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

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 🙃

Dr_Joe ,

Wonderful Podcast

Super informative and interesting podcast regarding food safety, with detours about tech, TV shows, and lively banter. Hats off to Don and Ben for bringing food safety out in the open and presenting the info in a easy to understand and practical format. Remember "it's complicated, and it depends."

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