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

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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. 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

      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

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

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

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

          1. re: c oliver

            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.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

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