ERIC Number: EJ1046503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Food Recall Attitudes and Behaviors of School Nutrition Directors
Grisamore, Amber; Roberts, Kevin R.
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v38 n2 Fall 2014
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore school nutrition directors' attitudes and behaviors about food recalls. Specific objectives included: 1) Determine current food recall attitudes and the relationship between demographics and these attitudes; 2) Determine current practices of school nutrition directors related to food recalls and the relationship between demographics and these behaviors; 3) Examine school nutrition directors' level of confidence in responding to a recall; 4) Determine current food recall communication systems and practices in school nutrition operations. Methods: An online survey was used for data collection and consisted of three sections: attitudes, self-reported behaviors, and demographics. To ensure content validity of the instrument, three experts reviewed the survey prior to pilot testing. The survey was then pilot tested with 14 school nutrition directors and state agency personnel. The survey was randomly distributed to 4,049 school nutrition directors across the United States. Statistical analysis was completed using SPSS (v. 20.0). Results: A total of 567 (14%) usable surveys were collected. Perceived importance was rated very high, while perceived likelihood of possessing a recalled product was rated fairly low. Predictors of attitudes were found to be certification, work experience, and prior experience with a food recall. Respondents reported positive food recall behaviors. Predictors of behaviors were found to be perceived likelihood of possessing a recalled product, educational level, prior experience with a food recall, and size of district. Respondents were confident that their district can adequately respond to a food recall. Communication about food recalls was reported to most often occur through the state agency. Application to Child Nutrition Professionals: Child nutrition professionals can use the results of this study for improving recall practices in schools. These results will also create awareness for food recalls systems that are available to child nutrition professionals.
Descriptors: Food, Nutrition Instruction, Online Surveys, Safety, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Environment, Statistical Analysis, School Districts, Work Experience, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture
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