Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Food Network Is Trying to Kill You

Texas Tech studied the Food Network's top chefs, including Rachel Ray, Emeril, and Sandra Lee. They found 460 "poor food handling incidents" and only 118 positive food handling examples.

We're talking about food shows where chefs get their food from unsafe sources, don't use thermometers, use food from the floor (yes, the ten-second rule is scientifically sound, but we don't need to make it the foundation of our cooking techniques), and not refrigerating perishable food, just to name a few. I know that they edit some things out to make for exciting television (who wants to watch two hours of some chef washing dishes the whole time?), but actually showing someone mixing their ready-to-eat foods with their raw food is a bad idea.

It's a shame, because when it comes to food safety, people need more visual examples. All right, accusing the food network of actually trying to kill you is a little harsh, but they're certainly playing fast and loose with the concern for their audience's health.

I guess that they could use it to their advantage, though. Imagine that episode of Iron Chef?

"Today's secret ingredient is... LISTERIA!"

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