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Food safety issues and information needs: an online survey of public health inspectors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22708204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In the study described in this article, the authors investigated the perceptions and needs of public health inspectors (PHIs) in the province of Ontario, Canada, with regard to food safety issues and information resources. A cross-sectional online survey of 239 Ontario PHIs was conducted between April and June 2009. Questions pertained to their perceptions of key food safety issues and foodborne pathogens, knowledge confidence, available resources, and resource needs. All respondents rated time-temperature abuse, inadequate hand washing, and cross contamination as important food safety issues. Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli O157:H7 were pathogens reported to be of concern to 95% of respondents (221/233). Most respondents indicated that they were confident in their knowledge of food safety issues and foodborne pathogens, but wanted a central, online resource for food safety information and ongoing food safety education training for PHIs. The data from the authors' study can be used in the development of information resources targeted to the needs of PHIs involved in food safety.
Authors:
Mai T Pham; Andria Q Jones; Catherine E Dewey; Jan M Sargeant; Barbara J Marshall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph Ontario, Canada. phamm@uoguelph.ca
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