A Gastronomic Reality: Food Safety Professionals Aren’t All Chefs
A research from Kansas State University revealed that home chefs or those who have no food handling safety training evidently failed the assessment on food safety.
In an effort to quantify the long-awaited answer regarding the food safety procedures undertaken by untrained chefs, researchers at Kansas State University videotaped ‘home chefs’ preparing a meal with raw meat and a ready-to-eat fruit salad.
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The purpose of the said research was to identify whether or not those who have prior reminders about food handling safety procedures were able to follow acceptable practices.
But, according to Randy Phebus, professor of food safety at Kansas State University and co-author of the Consumer Food Handling Practices Lead to Cross-Contamination study, “Almost all of the fruit salads we analysed contained levels of the tracer organism, which we were representing as being salmonella.”
The researchers also found that 90 percent of the participants made critical mistakes in their food preparation that could potentially lead to foodborne illnesses.
And the most conducive contaminant: the human element.
Despite the thorough sanitation of the kitchen after each participant prepared a meal, traces of contamination all around the workplace did not decrease, but propagated even more,especially on the hand towels used by chefs untrained in food safety.
The Unfelt Presence of Food Negligence
Seventy-six million people suffer from foodborne diseases with 325,000 hospitalized and 5,000 deaths each year, according to the recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Food-Related Illnesses and Death in the United States. To the rest of the developing world, almost two million children die each year just because of contaminated food and water.
Some Clues and Cues Found In Mainstream Media
It’s no surprise that anything presented on TV can either be too good to be true or too bad you would never want to follow, but this is not the case with cooking shows.
While cooking shows aim only to entertain its viewers, people nowadays also watch them for educational purposes as well. So, sharing the best recipes around and the worst food handling practices have never been more popular and accessible at the same time.