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    A Study of Food Safety Knowledge, Practice and Training among food handlers in Ireland


    Gruenfeldova, Julie and Domijan, Katarina and Walsh, Ciara (2019) A Study of Food Safety Knowledge, Practice and Training among food handlers in Ireland. Food Control, 105. pp. 131-140. ISSN 0956-7135

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    Abstract

    Food safety knowledge, practice and training were examined among 689 food workers in Ireland. Parameters such as role, years worked, level of food safety training acquired, and establishment were all found to have a significant effect (p-values < 0.01) on knowledge score. It is notable that 28% of all respondents claimed ‘never’ to have received food safety training, suggesting insufficient compliance with this legislative requirement. Notably, absence of training only accounted for 1% of all canteen workers surveyed. In addition, individuals working in canteens were found to have the highest knowledge score (81%) and the highest percentage of level 3 training (60%). Respondents were asked a series of questions relating to operational prerequisite hygiene requirements such as working while unwell, critical limits, food allergens and hand hygiene. This study highlights the value of food safety training and elucidates potential areas for improvement.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Food safety management; Food safety training; Food safety knowledge; HACCP; Foodborne pathogens;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 13916
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2019.05.023
    Depositing User: Katarina Domijan
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 13:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Food Control
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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