Food safety messages can be fun!

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



(2000), "Food safety messages can be fun!", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 30 No. 2.



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Food safety messages can be fun!

Food safety messages can be fun!

Dr Carl Winter has hit on a bright idea for making food safety messages more fun - he sings them to popular songs with modified lyrics about topics such as proper handwashing and home food handling practices. Dr Winter is a food toxicologist at the University of California at Davis and director of its FoodSafe Program. He launched a new CD in time for the National Food Safety Education month last September. In his song "Don't Be a Gambler" based on Kenny Roger's "The Gambler" Dr Winter sings about the thorough cooking of hamburgers. He sings "You'd Better Wash your Hands" to the Beatles tune of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "They Might Kill You/We Are the Microbes" to Queen's "We will Rock You/We Are the Champions". Dr Winter says that in this era of nanosecond attention spans and education via entertainment he has found that the musical approach successfully reaches audiences that do not respond to traditional methods of education. For more information about the CDs, downloadable music files and lyrics, check Dr Winter's Web site at

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