Special Issue "Food Safety and Behavior Change"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Quality and Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ingela Marklinder
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University, Box 560, S-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: food microbiology; food safety; fermented foods; consumer health; health communication theories; food safety attitude; knowledge and behavior; food safety education
Dr. Elizabeth Redmond
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Co-Guest Editor
ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan Univeristy, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Interests: domestic food safety behavior; behavioral change; intervention design and effectiveness; at risk groups of consumers; infant feeding safety; food safety culture; food-handler cognitive influences/behavior
Dr. Sanja Ilic
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Co-Guest Editor
Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology, 331b Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, The Ohio State University, OH 43210, USA
Interests: food safety behaviors; high-risk populations; bacteriology; microbiome; fresh produce safety; hydroponic produce
Dr. Jennifer J. Quinlan
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Nutrition Sciences and Department of Food and Hospitality Management, Drexel University, Three Parkway Building, Rm 3911601 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
Interests: food safety; consumer education; behavioral change; vulnerable populations; food waste; food insecurity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food safety remains a public health priority and a major concern worldwide. According to the WHO, an estimated 600 million (1 in 10 people globally) fall ill due to consumption of contaminated foods every year, and 420,000 die resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life years (DALYs). Understanding how to prevent foodborne infections is critical to improve public health and wellbeing.

The majority of foodborne outbreaks and cases can be prevented through appropriate behavior change. The role of food safety education in preventing foodborne illnesses is critical. Food safety knowledge has traditionally been an important factor to improve food safety.  However, despite stakeholder investment in food safety education efforts, appropriate behaviors that could lead to a reduction in food safety risks remain a challenge both for consumers and food-handlers.  Therefore, an in-depth and improved understanding of the factors associated with food safety behavior change is required. 

Human behaviors are determined by multiple internal and external factors. Factors related to food safety behavior change are often described using health behavior theories. Such theories are used to explain and predict the implementation of safe food practices by consumers and food-handlers, and to develop interventions that will produce effective behavior changes. In this Special Issue, important factors that influence food safety behaviors in primary production, processing, retail, and among consumers, will be explored. To increase our understanding of factors that influence behavior change and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness, high-quality research contributions are invited within the following fields of interest:

  • Food safety knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors by stakeholders in primary production, processing, retail, preparation and consumption.
  • Application and effectiveness of food safety education approaches/interventions
  • Application of behavior change theories in food safety research.
  • Role of healthcare providers in delivery of food safety information; implications for patients/consumers.

Dr. Ingela Marklinder
Dr. Elizabeth Redmond
Dr. Sanja Ilic
Dr. Jennifer J. Quinlan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • food safety
  • behavior change
  • food safety education
  • health communication theories
  • risk communication
  • food safety attitude, knowledge and behavior

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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