Cooking shows are not great demonstrators of food hygiene practices finds study

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 26th September 2016

TV cooking shows might be good for getting people into the kitchen but they are not great at demonstrating good food safety practices a new study has found.

Published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, the study examined the food hygiene practices used in 39 episodes of different cooking shows. In over 90 per cent of the programs the cooks failed to follow food safety recommendations for washing produce and using soiled wiping cloths.

Nearly 80 per cent of cooks used and stored their utensils properly moreover in 50 – 80 per cent of episodes they did not comply with other personal hygiene practices such as using gloves.