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13 unclean to 1 clean: TV cooking

Doug Powell‘s Barfblog highlighted an unappetizing study (by Powell and colleagues) about the food safety practices visible on TV cooking shows:

Spot the Mistake: Television Cooking Shows as a Source of Food Safety Information,” Mathiasen, L.A., Chapman, B.J., Lacroix, B.J. and Powell, D.A., Food Protection Trends, vol. 24, no. 5, May 1, 2004, pp. 328-334. The authors report:

“Television food and cooking programs were recorded and reviewed, using a defined list of food safety practices based on criteria established by Food Safety Network researchers…. When negative food handling behaviors were compared to positive food handling behaviors, it was found that for each positive food handling behavior observed, 13 negative behaviors were observed. Common food safety errors included a lack of hand washing, cross-contamination and time-temperature violations.”

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