Letterkenny, not that one, hosts food safety workshop

In the never-ending quest for excellent television, earlier this year I found Letterkenny, a six-episode show about a fictional Southern Ontario town with hockey players, hicks and skids.

It sort of reminds me of growing up in Port Hope.

The other Letterkenny, in County Donegal, Ireland, is hosting a workshop for food businesses to avoid recalls (and making customers sick).

The half-day workshop will feature experts from food safety, allergy and food hygiene and will provide practical advice on good food safety practices to help food businesses avoid a product recall.

Dr Gary Kearney, Director of Food Science, safefood, commented “Promoting food safety requires a multi-disciplinary approach backed by consumer research, professional partnerships, knowledge networks and information exchange. This half-day workshop is all about sharing experience and knowledge to help food businesses meet new challenges as they arise and maintain consumers’ confidence in the food they eat. I would encourage all interested food business owners to attend as we’ll have plenty of practical advice for them on topics ranging from the economic implications of a product recall to controlling bacterial contamination and how to manage food allergens.”

That’s a lot of stuff to pack into three hours.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.