Food Safety Bites with Wennie Podcast

1. Clostridium botulinum (also known as "C. bot") is a bacteria that can produce neurotoxins and cause serious illness called foodborne botulism. [2:44 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep1-Cbotm3u



2. The best condition for sprouts to germinate and grow is also perfect for bacteria to multiply. [1:46 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep2-Sprout-Safetm3u



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3. The cronut burger, a winner at the Canadian National Exhibition in 2013, caused 150 illnesses associated with Staphylococcus aureus. [2:00 minutes] Picture: cbc.ca


Download and listen: Ep3-Cronut-Burgerm3u


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4. The tale of Mr. Cheese: Salmonella contamination of soft cheese made with raw milk, in an illegal/uninspected home production and distribution operation. [1:57 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep4-Mr-Cheesem3u



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5. A "9/11" for the meat industry: The 1993 "Jack-in-the-Box" E. coli O157:H7 outbreak due to undercooked meat. A reminder about the correct cooking temperature for hamburger. [2:19 minutes]


Download and listen: Ep5-E-Colim3u



Ep6 jam moldjpg6. Can I scoop out the mold? A question about home canning. [2:22 minutes ]

Download and listen: Ep6-Moldm3u



Ep7 jerkyjpg7. Cook before dehydrating: Safely making jerky at home using USDA recommendations for processing can prevent surface pathogens from causing foodborne illness. [2:16 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep7-Jerkym3u



Ep8 Lunch meatjpg8. There is more to eating lunch meats while pregnant than the concern for preservatives and chemicals. The presence of the pathogen Listeria is a possibility. [1:51 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep8-Pregnancy-and-Listeriam3u



Ep 9 wash turkeyjpg9. Despite the fact that your Mom always did it, washing your holiday turkey is not recommended. Get the most updated information here. [1:37 minutes]

Picture: usda.gov

Download and listen: Ep9-Turkeym3u


EP10 Perfringens CD1jpg10. Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the US. [1:48 minutes]

Picture: cdc.gov

ownload and listen: Ep10-C-perfringensm3u



electricity-2864988_1920jpg11. Power outages caused by natural hazards, such as the snowstorm on the east coast of the US in January 2016, can cause food safety problems. The elapsed time from the outage, and internal food temperature are critical considerations. [1:45 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep11-Power-Outages-and-Foodm3u



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12. Food Labeling does not grantee food safety. Whether the packaging says "GMO-free", "Organic", or "Locally-Grown", pathogenic bacteria or viruses only need the correct acidity, temperature, and moisture to grow. Safe food-handling is still an important consideration. [1:50 minutes]


Download and listen: Ep12-Natural-Local-Foodm3u



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13. Petting Zoos are entertaining and educational. However, pathogen transfer is possible in this Human-Animal interaction even in healthy animals. [1:37 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep13-Petting-Zoosm3u



Ep 14 oysterjpg14. Eating raw oysters comes with the risk of foodborne illness; it is the consumer's choice to accept those risks. Vibrio bacteria and Norovirus are the two biggest concerns, both in contaminated oysters, or exposure in coastal beach waters. Several post-harvest treatments of oysters can decrease or ameliorate foodborne illnesses for many consumers [5:26 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep14-Raw-Oystersm3u


drink-1818548_1920jpg15. Raw milk (unpasteurized milk) contains a number of foodborne illness pathogens. In the case of milk, "natural" does not equal "safe." The process of pasteurization kills the pathogens without affecting the nutritional quality of the milk, and is safer for all segments of the consumer population. [2:11 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep15-Raw-Milkm3u


Ep 16 and 22 ice creamjpg16. A multi-state out-break of Listeriosis was associated with Blue Bell Ice Cream in 2015. This outbreak raised multiple concerns for consumers, especially since most people usually think that foods stored in their freezers are the safest from food-borne illness. This is not the case. [2:09 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep16-Blue-Bellm3u


Ep17 What we dojpg17. Tradition or convenience versus Food Safety - What we know we should do, versus what we actually do: Do use the same cutting board for meat and fish? Do we wash our hands immediately after handling farm animals? These are a couple of behaviors being studied when food-safety issues are considered. [2:27 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep17-What-We-Dom3u


Ep 19 Salsajpg18. Making salsa at home has become popular, with hundreds of recipes available. Canning salsa, for later use, requires specific care because the exact recipe, its texture, and the acidity of the final product determine the type of canning process. Find out what food-safety experts have to say! [1:57 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep18-Canning-Salsam3u


Ep 20 summer squashjpg19. Summer squash is very plentiful - it is natural to think about canning this vegetable for use later in the fall and winter. But food-safety experts warn against this for several reasons. A safer alternative would be freezing. Get the details here [1:19 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep19-Summer-Squashm3u



egg-1510449_1920jpg20. How safe are home-produced eggs? Salmonella contamination in small flocks is a concern; but the results might be surprising. Recommendations for egg safety are covered, too. [1:53 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep20-Eggsm3u


Ep 16 and 22 ice creamjpg21. An new food safety scare for Blue Bell Ice Cream has been in the recent news. A third-party supplier of a specific ingredient seems to be to blame, but that is being disputed. Check your freezer for the at-risk flavor. [1:51 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep21-Blue-Bell-Recallm3u


Ep17 What we dojpg22. How many pathogens does it take to make a person sick? It depends....In this episode, learn what the "Infectious Dose" of foodborne pathogens are; the answer might surprise you! [2:31 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep22-Infectious-Dosem3u


23. All food products carry safety risks for foodborne pathogens. Many, many factors come into consideration. Knowledge of risk management includes many considerations. [2:44 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep23-Risk-Managementm3u



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24. A Norovirus outbreak in Gulfport, MS brought to light the importance of hand-washing and sanitation in food-handling. [1:41 minutes]


Download and listen: Ep24-Norovirusm3u




Ep25 fresh producejpg25. Happy New Year! Keeping with our resolutions to embrace a healthier lifestyle, fresh fruits and vegetables are an important component. Food-borne illness related to fresh produce has been in the news and may cause concern. "Clean. Separate. Chill": hear about the importance of following common sense food-safety guidelines in handling these nutritious foods at home. [2:35 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep25-Fresh-Producem3u


Ep26 reportingjpg26. Foodborne illnesses ("food poisoning") can be serious. But determining the cause is not always easy - it is not always the last meal you ate. Small ingredients that you tend to forget might even be the culprit. Information and recommendations for action are covered [2:58 minutes]

Download and listen: Ep26-Reporting-Illnessm3u


27. Soynut Butter has been involved in recent outbreaks of foodborne illness in the US. The cause of the multi-state outbreak has not been determined. But this sort of wide-spread contamination issue is becoming more frequent. [2:57 minutes]


Download and listen: Ep27-Soynut-Butterm3u

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