In this text-based activity, students look at the preparation of a buffet lunch for a school fete. They are asked to highlight areas of poor hygiene that could cause problems such as food poisoning.
The purpose of this activity is to illustrate that all foods are chemicals.
Students are given lists of ingredients from five breakfast foods. They are asked to identify them and consider how palatable or otherwise they appear from their chemical constituents.
Students are given copies of ingredients labels from several common foods, including baked beans, cornflakes, ice cream and naan bread. They are challenged to identify the food from its ingredients.
By law, food manufacturers must list, on the packet, the ingredients in their products. Ingredients are usually listed in descending order by weight.
Students are given the ingredients list for a cheese and ham pasty, and will then answer questions on its contents.