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Analysis of governmental Web sites on food safety issues: a global perspective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17066944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite a growing concern over food safety issues, as well as a growing dependence on the Internet as a source of information, little research has been done to examine the presence and relevance of food safety-related information on Web sites. The study reported here conducted Web site analysis in order to examine the current operational status of governmental Web sites on food safety issues. The study also evaluated Web site usability, especially information dimensionalities such as utility, currency, and relevance of content, from the perspective of the English-speaking consumer. Results showed that out of 192 World Health Organization members, 111 countries operated governmental Web sites that provide information about food safety issues. Among 171 searchable Web sites from the 111 countries, 123 Web sites (71.9 percent) were accessible, and 81 of those 123 (65.9 percent) were available in English. The majority of Web sites offered search engine tools and related links for more information, but their availability and utility was limited. In terms of content, 69.9 percent of Web sites offered information on foodborne-disease outbreaks, compared with 31.5 percent that had travel- and health-related information.
Young Namkung; Barbara A Almanza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-27     Completed Date:  2007-01-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-5; quiz 25-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Purdue University, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asia, Southeastern
Consumer Product Safety*
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
Food / standards*
Food Contamination / legislation & jurisprudence,  prevention & control*
Food Inspection
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Government Regulation
Internet* / standards
Mediterranean Region
Pacific Islands
Risk Assessment
World Health Organization

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