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Food Safety in Home Kitchens: A Synthesis of the Literature
Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, 26 Nichol Avenue, 211 Davison Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Biology Department, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 17 July 2013; in revised form: 20 August 2013 / Accepted: 21 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013
Abstract: Although foodborne illness is preventable, more than 56,000 people per year become ill in the U.S., creating high economic costs, loss of productivity and reduced quality of life for many. Experts agree that the home is the primary location where foodborne outbreaks occur; however, many consumers do not believe the home to be a risky place. Health care professionals need to be aware of consumers’ food safety attitudes and behaviors in the home and deliver tailored food safety interventions that are theory-based. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to synthesize/summarize the food safety literature by examining the following: consumers’ perceptions and attitudes towards food safety and their susceptibility to foodborne illness in the home, work, and school; common risky food safety practices and barriers to handling food safely; and the application of theory-based food safety interventions. Findings will help healthcare professionals become more aware of consumers’ food safety attitudes and behaviors and serve to inform future food safety interventions.
Keywords: food safety; food handling; foodborne illness; consumers; risky
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Byrd-Bredbenner, C.; Berning, J.; Martin-Biggers, J.; Quick, V. Food Safety in Home Kitchens: A Synthesis of the Literature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4060-4085.
Byrd-Bredbenner C, Berning J, Martin-Biggers J, Quick V. Food Safety in Home Kitchens: A Synthesis of the Literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(9):4060-4085.
Byrd-Bredbenner, Carol; Berning, Jacqueline; Martin-Biggers, Jennifer; Quick, Virginia. 2013. "Food Safety in Home Kitchens: A Synthesis of the Literature." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 9: 4060-4085.