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ERIC Number: EJ762654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
College Students and Awareness of Food Safety
McArthur, Laura H.; Holbert, Donald; Forsythe, William A., III
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v99 n1 p60-67 2007
Microbial foodborne illnesses are a public health problem in the United States. Americans are patronizing restaurants three or more times a week and college students are frequently employed in food service; therefore, this study assessed compliance with and awareness of food safety recommendations among 460 college students. Compliance was suboptimal, with 72% following purchasing, 68% storage, and 75% preparation recommendations "often/always." The mean score on the food safety knowledge test was 39% (SD 16%, range 0 to 87%). A majority (60%) of students was interested in learning more about food safety, and classroom presentations were the preferred method for receiving this information. Findings suggest a need for food safety education focusing on personal sanitation when preparing food, and on following time and temperature recommendations when storing and preparing perishable foods. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States