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Food biotechnology: dietitians' resource needs as determined by selected Canadian key informants.
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PMID:  11518559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a 1996 quantitative survey, we assessed selected Canadian dietitians' knowledge and attitudes toward biotechnology, particularly genetically altered foods. The results showed that, on average, dietitians held unfavourable attitudes and were concerned about safety and labelling issues. In the current study, qualitative methodology was used to explore dietitians' views on controversial issues and to investigate the adequacy of current biotechnology resources. Nationwide telephone interviews of 22 key informant dietitians were conducted in February and March 1999. Issues covered were food safety and quality, labelling, regulations, food production, education, and biotechnology resource needs. Findings indicated that dietitians' perspectives on biotechnology are diverse nationwide. Views about how biotechnology may affect small producers, the local economy, food choices, and food quality varied from very positive to very negative. Dietitians indicated a need for more education through discussions involving critical analysis and debate by various stakeholders. Respondents agreed that the national organization, Dietitians of Canada, has a role to play in continuing education. Most participants felt that more concise, balanced, and objective resources are needed. Further exploration of dietitians' educational needs would help in the development of appropriate educational materials and programs for nutrition professionals.
R Simonson; S Ryan-Harshman; M Whiting; S Berenbaum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research : a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en diététique : une publication des Diététistes du Canada     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1486-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-23     Completed Date:  2001-10-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9811151     Medline TA:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
MSc, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Food Labeling
Food Technology*
Genetic Engineering
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Nutritional Sciences / education

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