Food myths: Getting informed about the food we eat and the assumed risks

Dr. Daniel Engeljohn

Dr. Daniel Engeljohn

Rolly Prager

Do you ever wonder about the difference between a product labeled meat hotdog versus a beef frankfurter? Could a horse be slaughtered and served at a restaurant? Have you bought a steak labeled grass-fed, antibiotic free, all natural or organic but wondered what those words really mean? Do you judge the safety of your cooked meat by color rather than by temperature? Are you convinced that your individually requested deli meat is safer than pre-sliced, packaged meat? How does the government know that one in six Americans get sick each year from food?

These questions and more will be answered at the December 10 SaddleBrooke Freethinkers meeting. Dr. Daniel Engeljohn will bring his nearly 40 years of experience in food safety to SaddleBrooke Freethinkers. Dr. Englejohn was in charge of food safety and labeling policy for meat, poultry and processed egg products produced in the U.S. or imported from abroad. His years of regulating the national food industry helped ensure that food was truthfully labeled and safe. His presentation will shed light on many questions and misunderstandings about the safety of the nation’s food supply.

Dr. Englejohn headed the Office of Policy, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers provides a forum for the responsible search for truth and meaning in understanding the universe and in understanding and solving human problems by applying science and reason. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity and civility should characterize the interaction among peace-loving persons and organizations. We strive to achieve these goals through meetings, lectures, discussions and other means of communication. In 2017, the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers initiated a $10 annual membership fee. In addition to the program events which are open to all, members will also enjoy member only events throughout the year.

The SaddleBrooke community is cordially invited to attend Freethinkers meetings at 10:00 a.m. usually on the fourth Sunday of each month October through April. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m. for pre-meeting coffee and fellowship. Non-members are encouraged to make a $2 donation to defray costs.

Information about SaddleBrooke Freethinkers, upcoming presentations and programs is at [email protected].

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations to the meetings to support the Tri-Community Food Bank.