Food hygiene, health and the public

poison pie

This film session takes a look at food hygiene, health and the public. Our first film was made to raise awareness of the problem of food-borne illness, which rose sharply in wartime and was a matter of concern for the immediate postwar government. The second film, from 1989, is a report on the risks posed by processed foods. The treatment of similar subjects is notably different either side of the gap of four-decades, raising interesting questions about the perceived role of the public in the incidence of food poisoning.

Another Case of Poisoning (1949, 14 mins, B&W)
Richard Massingham’s entertaining film aimed at educating the postwar public regarding the importance of hygiene in all areas of life in preventing food poisoning.

Guess What’s Coming to Dinner? (1989, 25 mins, col.)
Documentary exposee of the dangers of bacteria entering foods as a result of intensive farming and mass production of convenience foods. Made in the era of the salmonella scandal, this film describes an ‘epidemic of food poisoning’ caused by the dangerous complexity of our modern, mechanised, mass-produced food chain, which puts the unsuspecting public at risk.

Thursday, 19th November 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: LG7, Keppel Street Building


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