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Food Safety - I'd love to see it have its own board

c oliver Sep 23, 2013 05:35 AM

I totally understand that there are people who are really concerned about food safety. And that's totally valid. For them. But when a thread that's NOT related to FS starts going in that direction, I always give a big sigh. Currently there's a thread about healthy recipes for a slowcooker that can go all day while OP is at work. Not healthy from a food safety standpoint (since he refers to the American Heart Assn. I'm making that assumption!) but healthy ingredients. Someone brought up the food safety issue from the standpoint of getting the food up to a certain temp quickly and maintaining that temp. Valid. But not, IMO, pertinent to the OP's thread. In a case like this, and I'm not picking on the poster, it's just the one I saw this morning, I can see someone starting a thread on a Food Safety board regarding the use of slow cookers.

I'm one of those people who NEVER gets sick from anything (drink tap water all over the world!) and clearly lives in a "magic house" so when a thread goes there I generally check out. Perhaps I'm alone in this. Any thoughts?

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  1. Servorg RE: c oliver Sep 23, 2013 06:57 AM

    From a quick search it appears that Not About Food serves the purpose for food safety questions http://www.chow.com/search?q=food+saf...

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    1. re: Servorg
      The Chowhound Team RE: Servorg Sep 23, 2013 07:55 AM

      Generally speaking, food safety is actually covered on General Topics, but it has plenty of valid overlaps with Home Cooking, as well.

      1. re: The Chowhound Team
        Servorg RE: The Chowhound Team Sep 23, 2013 08:21 AM

        It seems that there are a plethora of places for food safety issues to be discussed. I feel safer all ready.

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          c oliver RE: The Chowhound Team Sep 23, 2013 09:52 AM

          But don't you think those discussions should be threads themselves? Unless someone asks specifically?

          1. re: c oliver
            The Chowhound Team RE: c oliver Sep 23, 2013 10:03 AM

            Not particularly, no. Tangents happen, and that's okay. If something's introduced in a mean or unfriendly manner ("You'll kill your guests if you do that, you idiot!") then it's an issue, but if people are trying to be helpful, that's usually okay. If a food safety discussion is absolutely overwhelming a thread, it might be something we'd split to its own thread, but generally, those little asides are okay.

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              c oliver RE: The Chowhound Team Sep 23, 2013 10:27 AM

              Okay, thanks. It's fine with me if you lock this as you've explained the position. Whatever.

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