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Food safety practices among pregnant women and mothers in the women, infants, and children program, Miami, Florida.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17536684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pregnant women and infants are two groups at the highest risk of severe outcomes from foodborne illnesses. We surveyed adult clients of a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic serving predominately African Americans in inner-city Miami, Florida, to assess food safety practices. Eligible and consenting women completed a 23-item self-administered survey with questions concerning food handling practices around the Partnership for Food Safety Education's Fight BAC! campaign constructs of "clean", "separate" (not cross-contaminated), "cook", and "chill". Of 342 eligible clients, 299 (87.4%) consented to participate. In general, the clients' food safety practices were most problematic in the cook and chill constructs. Using a cooking thermometer, refrigerating foods within 2 h, and thawing them safely were the least commonly reported safe practices. Women who were pregnant with their first child had the lowest food safety practice scores. Of the 62 pregnant participants, 32 (51.6%) reported eating hot dogs or deli meats without first reheating them some of the time or more often, and 22 (35.5%) reported eating soft cheeses and blue-veined cheeses some of the time or more often, putting the women at risk of listeriosis. Although all women in the WIC program could benefit from food safety education, these findings indicate that women during their first pregnancy should especially be targeted for food safety education.
Mary Jo Trepka; Frederick L Newman; Zisca Dixon; Fatma G Huffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of food protection     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0362-028X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Food Prot.     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-31     Completed Date:  2007-06-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703944     Medline TA:  J Food Prot     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1230-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University, 11200 S.W. 8th Street, HLS II-Room 595, Miami, Florida 33199, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Consumer Product Safety*
Food Handling / methods*,  standards
Food Microbiology
Food Services
Health Education / organization & administration*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion
Infant, Newborn
Public Assistance
Risk Assessment*

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