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Safefood Blog

Safefood is an Irish organisation which promotes awareness and knowledge of food safety and nutrition issues. The Safefood blog has been active since 2010 and provides articles with advice and news on food safety, healthy eating, food hygiene and other topics. Posts are written by different Safefood professionals and guest bloggers. Below is an example of a blog written by Dr. David McCleery, Chief Specialist in Microbiology at Safefood.


Blog Post: What we can learn about food safety from our garden

In What we can learn about food safety from our garden, Dr. David McCleery outlines the environment factors which allow bacteria to thrive. He explains that these same factors can be used to our advantage to preserve food. Storing food in the refrigerator at 5 °C or below is one of these methods. The post gives advice for safe storage of food in refrigerator such as checking the use-by dates on food products, discarding out-of-date food and good cleaning techniques.

Just like plants, bacteria can stop growing when conditions are unfavourable, but can ‘wake up’ when there’s a change in their environment. Bacteria need nutrients, moisture, adequate temperature and time to multiply. We use the same thing to our advantage to preserve foods by chilling or freezing them. The reduction of temperature slows down or stops bacteria multiplying so that foods remain safe and useable for longer. The important thing to remember is that these bacteria are not killed when chilled or frozen in foods. In fact, bacteria can start growing again quickly when storage temperatures are not controlled and the cold chain is broken.

Dr. David McCleery, Chief Specialist in Microbiology, Safefood


What makes this a good blog?

  1. Easily searchable content- blog posts are searchable by month and also categorised under exercise, food, health, technology and family.
  2. ‘About me’ section-this short biography on the author appears on the sidebar of each blog post. It allows readers to quickly read some background on the author.
  3. BrowseAloud functionality-this function adds speech and reading support to online content to extend the reach of the blog to people who require reading support. This includes those with dyslexia, learning difficulties, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. BrowseAloud is free to use and works with all major browsers.