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The curious consumer podcast


The Curious Consumer podcast, with safefood microbiologists Linda Gordon and Mairead McCann, is on a quest to de-mystify food safety by separating fact from fiction. So if you’re curious about the origins of the 5 second rule or who started food dating, then this is the podcast for you.

Episode 1: The 5-second rule - fact or fiction?

 

The 5 second rule is a long-fabled belief that if you drop some food on the floor and scoop it up quickly it’s safe to eat. But is it? And where did the rule come from? Listen to The Curious Consumer podcast as food microbiologists Linda Gordon and Mairead McCann find out.

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Episode 2: How handwashing became key to preventing disease

 

"Wash, wash, wash your hands, thumbs and fingers too. Rinse and make sure their dry that’s the thing to do.” This has become the mantra of the Covid-19 pandemic. But did you know that in the late 19th century hand washing was controversial medical advice? So controversial, a respected physician lost his job because he advocated handwashing as a way to prevent the spread of germs from doctor to patient.

Listen to The Curious Consumer podcast as our food microbiologists Linda Gordon and Mairead McCann delve into the story of handwashing.

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Episode 3: The truth behind "best before" and "use by" dates

 

What have mobster Al Capone and food labelling got in common? His family lobbied for food dating on milk!

Listen to The Curious Consumer podcast as food microbiologists Linda Gordon and Mairead McCann investigate food labels and why we need them.

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Episode 4: Well done, that's how to cook your burger

 

Who invented the burger? The French, Americans, Germans? And how did the cook it? Well done? As well bringing us roads, indoor plumbing and heated bath, the Romans came up with the first hamburger!

Listen to The Curious Consumer podcast as our food microbiologists Linda Gordon and Mairead McCann look into the facts behind cooking burgers.

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