Despite technological advancements in food safety in recent years, 2023 has been marked by some alarming food safety scandals globally, impacting public health and trust in the food industry. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the worst food safety scandals of 2023 and sheds light on the causes and consequences of these outbreaks and recalls. These scandals include a persistent Salmonella outbreak from poultry in the US; Listeria from frozen vegetables in Europe; an E. Coli outbreak linked to a Canadian daycare; pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables in India; and undeclared allergens in snacks in the UK, among others. These food safety scandals underline the critical importance of stringent food safety measures and regulations. The team discuss all the stages along the food supply chain that food safety could be weakened, from harvesting to preparation.
Also in this episode, Sydney talks about Postum, a beverage that originated as a caffeine-free coffee alternative. Invented in 1895 by Post Cereal Company founder C.W. Post, it was conceived as a healthier alternative to coffee. Post, who had a personal aversion to caffeine due to health reasons, sought to create a beverage that mimicked coffee’s richness without its potentially adverse effects. The original recipe comprised primarily of roasted wheat bran, wheat and molasses. This blend, when brewed, yields a warm, comforting beverage with an earthy taste reminiscent of coffee but with its own unique flavor profile. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest in Postum, partly driven by a broader trend towards healthier, more natural food and drink options. Although the team had never heard of Postum, they would be curious to try it and discuss how it differs from other coffee alternatives and coffee itself.
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