Is it always men? Norway says target men to change their food safety behaviors

I don’t see gender. Except in bed. A group of Norwegian researchers has concluded that to improve food safety, target men, and a strategy is needed to change their behavior and attitudes.

Doesn’t that apply to anything?

Typically, the Norse found “people with higher education reported practices than those with lower or no education.”

So the education model is broken. And surveys suck.

Journal of Food Protection
Røssvoll, Elin Halbach1; Lavik, Randi2; Ueland, Øydis1; Jacobsen, Eivind2; Hagtvedt, Therese1; Langsrud, Solveig3

An informed consumer can compensate for several potential food safety violations or contaminations that may occur earlier in the food production chain. However, a consumer can also destroy the work of others in the chain by poor food handling practices, e.g., by storing chilled ready-to-eat foods at abusive temperatures. To target risk-reducing strategies, consumer groups with high-risk behavior should be identified.

The aim of this study was to identify demographic characteristics associated with high-risk food handling practices among Norwegian consumers. More than 2,000 randomly selected Norwegian consumers were surveyed, and the results were analyzed with a risk-based grading system, awarding demerit points for self-reported food safety violations. The violations were categorized into groups, and an ordinary multiple linear regression analysis was run on the summarized demerit score for each group and for the entire survey group as a whole.

Young and elderly men were identified as the least informed consumer groups with the most unsafe practices regarding food safety. Single persons reported poorer practices than those in a relationship. People with higher education reported poorer practices than those with lower or no education, and those living in the capital of Norway (Oslo) reported following more unsafe food practices than people living elsewhere in Norway. Men reported poorer food safety practices than women in all categories with two exceptions: parboiling raw vegetables before consumption and knowledge of refrigerator temperature. These findings suggest that risk-reducing measures should target men, and a strategy is needed to change their behavior and attitudes.

Bathroom instructions for men and women

How to properly use a public bathroom continues to be a source of mystery to many. Many proprietors have found it necessary to issue reminders regarding proper use of facilities, and to explain the difference between men and women, which may account for different levels of publicly observed handwashing compliance.

(A post on foodsafe-l last night attempts to explain that “When women use the restroom it is a more septic process than when men urinate. Women need to wash their hands more frequently than men.”)

Dancing to attract women

I can’t dance.

As Billy Crystal said, I’m doing the white-overbite while shaking my groove thing.

Rather than simply criticize, I always try to provide a reference or citation to a better way of doing things when it comes to food safety – or dancing.

Psychologists at Northumbria University in the U.K. have uncovered the key dance moves that make men attractive to women. It’s below.

Now transform these mutants into best food safety moves in the kitchen – at home or food service. That might be better than the prescriptive do-this-don’t-do-this food safety rules.

I won’t forget to put roses on your grave: Study says men exaggerate illness to gain sympathy

There are serious faults with studies based on self-reported surveys, but I’ve been around enough men to know that a new study which found nearly 50 per cent of men exaggerate minor ailments like cold symptoms to gain sympathy, is probably true.

I’ve driven all over North America with kids, babies and poop, but the worst bunch of cry-babies was when I drove to the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting in Atlanta in 1997 or somewhere thereabouts. The women in the van were fine, but the men were horrible crybabies who needed to stop more frequently than a breastfeeding baby. And you all know who you are.

The research led by Engage Mutual reveals that one in two men describe a common cold as flu and headaches as a migraine, and moan more than women. The study was carried out on 3,000 people.

The findings also revealed that women admit more than 57 percent of men become attention-seeking when ill, with 66 percent constantly moaning and groaning.

In contrast, men said that only 50 percent of women seek attention when they’re ill and 56 percent moan and groan.

As my favorite Stones song goes, take me down (high-school girlfriend) little Susie, while you’re talking to some rich-folks that you know. And is Mick Taylor not the best and most expressionless guitar player ever?