barfblog.com: Everybody loves food safety as long as it’s free

barfblog.com is my baby.

And it’s not every day your baby gets written up by The Washington Post.

I envision Tom Hanks and Meryl Strep arguing about when to go public about the latest foodborne illness gripping the country.

The reality is me sitting on my couch at 3 a.m. in Brisbane, cranking stuff out because I love it.

barfblog.com has become a labour of love, in that I haven’t been paid to do it since Dec. 2016. Every time I try to get out, I get pulled back in.

But I need a paycheck.

Rather than go through the Byzantine Australian system of having third-parties post jobs, and then only hiring internally to meet some union rule, I figured it’s time to throw myself out there after 3 broken ribs.

Everyone loves food safety, as long as it’s free.

I am an Australian citizen (and Canadian and American), I have a full driver’s license, and like long walks on the beach.

You want to set up a food safety/public health policy center, I’m your person.

I don’t care if it’s academic, government or labourer (anyone who thinks there is a difference is seriously into the British caste system – we’re not, me, Amy, Ben, all public school right through to PhDs).

I made the commitment with Amy to move to Brisbane in 2011, and have been a bit grumpy since 2013 when Kansas State decided I had retired my full professoring position because of poor attendance.

I’m working on a book, but making money on that is similar to me playing goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And I love the immediacy of barfblog.com.

Erin Blakemore of The Washington Post (who did not talk with me or Chapman) writes barfblog.com is run by a group of food-safety experts who are fascinated by outbreaks, infestations and, yes, vomit.

It’s not all about the gross-out, though. Each entry brings ­evidence-based perspective to issues that are often misunderstood, such as the safety of raw-milk cheese and how norovirus spreads.

The blog updates pretty frequently, and every week or so it puts out Food Safety Talk, a wide-ranging podcast that tackles the issues of the day. The blog also offers information on big outbreaks and food recalls, and it gives helpful tips on how to avoid gastrointestinal disaster.

If you’re revolted by talk of poo and puke, you might steer away. Better to go elsewhere if you’re offended by the occasional curse word, too.

That said, there’s no more informative way to keep up to speed on the way illness can spread from farm to fork — even if you can’t stomach some of the subject matter.

That’s some high praise, and I’ll take it.