Food Hygiene

Ensuring and Promoting Food Safety During the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Moy G Han F and Chen J (2010) Ensuring and promoting food safety during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease; 7(8): 981-83.

In another study involving the WHO Five Keys to Safe Food, a food safety promotion campaign was carried out in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1] The Olympic Games presented a special opportunity to develop an integrated health promotion campaign for Beijing residents by linking the games to healthy choices about how to keep food safe, what to eat to be healthy, and how to keep moving to stay in good shape. Five key behavior choices for each of the three topics were identified and presented under the rubric of ‘‘The 3 Fives’’. For food safety, the five key behaviors included (1) keep clean, (2) cook thoroughly, (3) separate raw and cooked food, (4) keep food at safe temperatures, either hot or cold, and (5) choose foods for safety. Launched in March 2008, the campaign included newspapers, radio and television.  Dissemination of  ‘‘The 3 Fives’’ materials in Chinese, including 1.2 million brochures and 200,000 posters, were made throughout Beijing. A ‘‘knowledge, attitudes, and practices’’ study (n=423) to assess the impact of ‘‘The 3 Fives’’ campaign on Beijing residents was conducted by the Beijing Food Administration with support from WHO.  In addition, a pilot program was conducted at community (n=40) to explain in more detail ‘‘The 3 Fives’’ and to answer questions. The results indicated that the messages related to food safety could be further reinforced by such educational interventions to achieve behavioral change. Based on an assessment of various indicators, these efforts were successful in promoting safer food for Beijing residents. The authors concluded that food safety experiences of the 2008 Beijing Olympics might be usefully applied to major sporting events and mass gatherings in the future.


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Written by geraldmoy

June 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm