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Celebrity Chefs Have Poor Food Safety Habits

Celebrity Chefs Have Poor Food Safety Habits

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By    |   Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:45 AM


Celebrity television shows may teach you how to make tasty meals, but they set bad examples in showing you how to keep food safe, according to a study from Kansas State University.


Food safety experts checked out 100 cooking shows with 24 popular celebrity chefs, and found they missed the mark on safe food preparation.


"Twenty-three percent of chefs licked their fingers; that's terrible," said Edgar Chambers IV, professor and director of the Sensory Analysis Center at Kansas State University.

"Twenty percent touched their hair or dirty clothing or things and then touched food again."


The chefs had several common food safety hazards including not washing their hands, not changing cutting boards between preparing uncooked raw meat and vegetables that wouldn't be cooked, and not using a meat thermometer to check meat doneness.


"Washing your hands is not a one-time thing," Chambers said. "We saw some chefs wash their hands in the beginning before preparing food, but they didn't wash their hands during food preparation when they should have."


Chambers said that a celebrity chefs' purpose is to entertain and educate about food preparation techniques and helpful kitchen hints, which should include proper food safety practices.


"All celebrity chefs have to do is mention these things as they go along: 'Remember to wash your hands,' 'Don't forget to change out your cutting board,' or 'I washed my hands here' — which some chefs did do," Chambers said. "They don't have to show it on television but they should remind viewers that there are safety issues involved in food preparation."


Celebrity chefs should help make viewers more aware of safe food practices, he said. "We want celebrity chefs to teach us how to make food that not only tastes good but is good for us — and part of that is good food safety."


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) get sick every year, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses.


"Many times when people think they have the 24-hour stomach flu, it's often from poor food preparation practices," Chambers said.


According to the USDA, use these tips to keep food safe during preparation:


• Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
• Keep from cross-contaminating food by keeping raw meat away from other food.
• After cutting raw meats, wash all cutting boards, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water.
 

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