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ERIC Number: EJ1115303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1541-4329
Knowledge and Attitudes of Produce and Seafood Processors and Food Safety Educators Regarding Nonthermal Processes
Pivarnik, Lori F.; Richard, Nicole L.; Gable, Robert K.; Worobo, Randy W.
Journal of Food Science Education, v15 n4 p120-128 Oct 2016
A needs assessment survey was designed and administered to measure knowledge of and attitudes toward food safety impacts of nonthermal processing technologies of shellfish and produce industry personnel and extension educators. An online survey was sent via e-mail notification with the survey link through professional listserves. The survey evaluated background information, knowledge, attitude, and training needs. A variety of response formats was used. Knowledge/attitude responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics, 1-way ANOVA and t-tests using SPSS software and reported at P < 0.05. Industry (N = 106) and educator (N = 52) respondents had below the proficient knowledge score (80%), 50% and 67%, respectively. Question reliability was >0.9. There were no differences in attitudes and knowledge between the 2 industry groups. The total attitude score, based on a 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree), of the produce and shellfish industry and educator respondents toward nonthermal processing technologies was 3.6 ± 0.4, 3.4 ± 0.5, and 3.6 ± 0.4, respectively. Respondent's slightly indifferent attitude may reflect low knowledge regarding the impact of nonthermal processing technologies on food safety and quality. Both groups indicated a desire for information and/or training. For both industry and educators, common preferred formats for outreach resources were printed materials, Internet/web-based materials, and PowerPoint. Educators identified barriers as equipment cost, lack of information, and lack of product validation. While the majority of the respondents were aware of nonthermal processing, they were not knowledgeable, indicating a need for education and outreach in nonthermal processing methods to both shellfish/produce industry and food safety educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20116800330005