Technology in the classroom – anything goes

Every year I provide an intro food safety culture/stuff lecture to the veterinary students at Kansas State University. Always a good time in Pat Payne’s class, and the students have usually worked in food service and have stories to tell. This morning, the students even applauded when I trashed Chipotle for advertizing about the hypothetical risks associated with hormones rather than the things that make people barf – E. coli, salmonella, hepatitis A and norovirus.

The students all have computers, wireless access, cell phones, blackberries – there is no way to BS anyone; they are checking in real time.

I put up the slide below that Ben made a few weeks ago, to illustrate where food safety ranks in overall food culture concerns, and a student came up to me after class and said,

“I called the number. They don’t have anything about Phelps anymore. Your slide is out of date.”

Well played, sir.

At least they seemed to get a kick out of my line,

“Subway didn’t drop Phelps cause they know a lot of stoners eat subs.”

A typical Michael Phelps breakfast

An increasingly pregnant Amy and I were strolling along Venice Beach this morning, marveling at the complete lack of a storm – Fay fizzled – and Amy said she was hungry for bacon and eggs and French toast. She had eaten an hour earlier.

This is normal in pregnancy.

uber-Olympian Michael Phelps isn’t pregnant, but consumes 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day.

Serious Eats reports that Phelps’ typical breakfast order from Pete’s Grille in Baltimore, Maryland, as is recounted in autobiography Beneath the Surface, is:

“Start with three sandwiches of fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, and mayonnaise; add one omelet, a bowl of grits, and three slices of French toast with powdered sugar; then wash down with three chocolate chip pancakes.”

Maybe the U.S. track team should have been hanging out with Phelps. The N.Y. Times reported Saturday that several members of the United States track team became ill at the team’s pre-Olympic training center in Dalian, about 300 miles east of Beijing, and food poisoning was the likely cause.


Halloween Infosheet

Today we released a scary infosheet all about chocolaty treats (that may contain nuts) and Salmonella.

Production was halted at Fox’s Confectionary on October 15, 2007 after traces of Salmonella were found in samples of chocolate. The company believes the outbreak originated from a batch of contaminated Brazil nuts, which are used to make one of the brand’s
best known products, Just Brazils.
Last year, candy giant Cadbury Ltd. recalled about one million chocolate bars in Great Britain because of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 37.
Hershey Canada and Kraft Foods Inc have also had recent Salmonella-related recalls.
Chocolate is a great Halloween treat and can harbor Salmonella because of its high fat content.
Nuts and almonds have also been shown to carry Salmonella.

Scary stuff.

Check out the infosheet here.

The crew behind the infosheets are rabid Michael Jackson fans and insisted that we include a picture of Jackson’s thriller on the infosheet.

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