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A National Australian Food Safety Telephone Survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10456747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A sample of 1,203 randomly selected Australian households participated in a national telephone food safety survey. All respondents were aged 18 years or over, were the main grocery buyers of the household, purchased red meat products at least once a month, and regularly prepared food in the household. There were significant gaps observed in the food safety knowledge of many respondents surveyed. Forty percent of respondents thawed raw meat at room temperature, 85% allowed cooked foods to cool at room temperature before refrigerating, and almost 70% of respondents were not aware of the correct refrigeration temperature for storage of perishable food. Almost 25% of respondents failed to identify that washing hands before handling food and during food preparation was important in reducing the risk of cross-contamination and possible foodborne illness. Seventy-five percent of the respondents recognized that there was a likelihood of foodborne illness occurring in the home, and 25% of respondents had changed their eating habits because of publicity surrounding food poisoning outbreaks. The findings raise important concerns about domestic food handling practices in Australian homes and the level of food safety knowledge in the community generally.
L S Jay; D Comar; L D Govenlock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of food protection     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0362-028X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Food Prot.     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-28     Completed Date:  1999-10-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703944     Medline TA:  J Food Prot     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  921-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Microtech Laboratories Pty Ltd., Blackburn, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection
Food Handling / methods*
Food Microbiology
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Surveys*
Meat / microbiology
Middle Aged

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