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ERIC Number: EJ861223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Bacterial Contamination of Hands Increases Risk of Cross-Contamination among Low-Income Puerto Rican Meal Preparers
Dharod, Jigna Morarji; Paciello, Stefania; Bermudez-Millan, Angela; Venkitanarayanan, Kumar; Damio, Grace; Perez-Escamilla, Rafael
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v41 n6 p389-397 Nov-Dec 2009
Objective: To examine the association of microbial contamination of the meal preparer's hands with microbial status of food and kitchen/utensil surfaces during home preparation of a "Chicken and Salad" meal. Design and Setting: Observational home food safety assessment. Before starting meal preparation, participants' hands were tested to estimate total bacterial and coliform counts and the presence of "Campylobacter", "Salmonella, Listeria", and "Staphylococcus aureus" ("S. aureus"). Microbiological testing was conducted on samples from kitchen/utensil surfaces, and on food ingredients obtained before and during meal preparation. Participants: Sixty Puerto Rican women residing in inner-city Hartford, CT. Main Outcome Measures: Total bacterial and coliform counts, and presence of "S. aureus" in target samples. Analysis: Bivariate tests and multiple logistic regression. Results: Participants considering food safety as "very important" were less likely to test positive for "S. aureus" on hands (P less than 0.05). "S. aureus" on post-handling chicken, counter/cutting board, and salad was positively associated with "S. aureus" on participants' hands (P less than 0.05). Coliform count on the counter/cutting board and sink was significantly higher at baseline when participants' hands tested positive for coliform before starting meal preparation. Conclusions and Implications: Meal preparer's hands can be a vehicle of pathogen transmission during meal preparation. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut