Don Schaffner is distinguished professor and Extension Specialist in food science at Rutgers University. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers on a variety of topics including handwashing, cross-contamination, quantitative microbial risk assessment, and predictive food microbiology. Dr. Schaffner is active in several scientific associations, including the International Association for Food Protection where he is a past-president.

Ben Chapman is associate professor and food safety Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University. There, with the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Ben is also a contributor to the very popular Barfblog.

Together, Don and Ben are co-hosts of the Food Safety Talk podcast.

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In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak to Ben Chapman and Don Schaffner about:

  • Current research involving berry harvesting and norovirus
  • The impact that social media may or may not have on consumers' food safety behaviors
  • Blockchain and other innovative technologies
  • Inspiring and worthwhile published works about food safety and related research
  • The benefits of industry tradeshows like IAFP

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Prevention of Foodborne Illness by Time-Temperature Control of Thawing, Cooking, Chilling and Reheating Turkeys in School Lunch Kitchens 
Health Department Inspection Criteria More Likely to be Associated with Outbreak Restaurants in Minnesota 

Ben Chapman's Articles Published in Food Safety Magazine:
The Role of the Cooperative Extension in Food Safety (October/November 2014)
Crisis Management: How to Handle Outbreak Events (June/July 2012) 
Food Safety for Food Handlers (December 2010/January 2011)

News Mentioned in This Episode
FDA Issues First Mandatory Recall for Food Product
Fifth Recall Reveals Known Contamination at Raw Pet Food Plant 
Health Officials Release Statement Clarifying Source of South Africa's Listeria Outbreak
Ridiculous History Podcast: The Poison Squad

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