Food Hygiene

Consumer food safety education for the domestic environment: a systematic review.

Title: Consumer food safety education for the domestic environment: a systematic review.
Authors: Milton, A.; Mullan, B.
Contact Information: Correspondence address, B. Mullan, Sch. of Psychology, Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. E-mail
British Food Journal; Vol. 112 (9), 2010, 1003–1022.
Date of Publication: 2010
ISSN: 0007-070X
Number of References: More than 50
Language: Text: ENGLISH
Article Type: Review
Abstract: Despite the recognised importance of food safety, a large number of consumers do not practice adequate food safety in the home. Many studies have recommended that education is a key step in preventing food-borne illness in the domestic environment. However, few educational or psychosocial interventions have been designed and implemented to improve food safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. Even fewer of these studies have been subject to rigorous appraisal. A systematic review was conducted of studies that described and evaluated a food safety intervention in a non-clinical adult sample. A total of 10 studies met the criteria for inclusion in the systematic review. Outcomes of interest included food safety behaviour, behavioural intention, attitudes, knowledge, microbial transfer and the use of social cognition models. Evidence regarding the effectiveness of the reviewed interventions on these food safety outcomes was somewhat positive; however, many gaps remained. For example, of the 5 self-report behaviour change studies, all reported some significant improvement post-intervention. However, the percentage of specific behaviours that significantly changed within each study varied between 0.04 and 100%. There were methodological flaws in many of the studies which complicated the interpretation of these results and indicate a need for more research.
Keywords: DISEASES
Category Codes: Section Code: Hygiene and toxicology
Subsection Code: Microbiological aspects
Update Date: 20 Dec 2010
Accession Number: 2011-03-Cd0533
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