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Identification and classification of consumer food-handling behaviors for food safety education.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11716314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify key behaviors associated with major food safety pathogen control factors. DESIGN: World Wide Web-based descriptive study with 4 tasks: compile a list of food-handling behaviors from the literature; use Delphi process to build consensus, rank order, and edit lists of behaviors; assess content and construct validity; and review results of Delphi process at a summit meeting of selected experts to make final recommendations for a food safety behavior list. SUBJECTS/SETTING: A convenience sample of 10 epidemiologists, 11 food microbiologists, 10 food safety educators, and 10 food safety policy makers was recruited from lists of nationally known experts. Twenty-four experts completed 4 rounds of surveys presented to them via a Web site. Six experts attended a face-to-face meeting to finalize behavior lists. Statistical analyses performed Descriptive statistics and sum of observation data were used to determine rank order and validity. RESULTS: Twenty-nine key food-handling behaviors for maintaining the safety of food and reducing the number of cases and outbreaks of foodborne illness were identified. These were rank-ordered within 5 pathogen control factors: practice personal hygiene, cook foods adequately, avoid cross-contamination, keep foods at safe temperatures, and avoid foods from unsafe sources. APPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: This list of rank-ordered behaviors grouped by pathogen control factor should help dietitians and educators confidently teach food safety guidance that will be most effective in preventing illness.
L C Medeiros; P Kendall; V Hillers; G Chen; S DiMascola
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-21     Completed Date:  2001-12-07     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1326-39     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
The Ohio State University, Columbus, 43210-1295, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Product Safety*
Cross Infection
Food Contamination / prevention & control
Food Handling / methods*
Food Microbiology
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Health Education
Risk Assessment
Risk Management
United States

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