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Type: Journal article
Title: Factors influencing knowledge, food safety practices and food preferences during warm weather of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases in South Australia
Author: Milazzo, A.
Giles, L.
Zhang, Y.
Koehler, A.
Hiller, J.
Bi, P.
Citation: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 2017; 14(3):125-131
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1535-3141
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Adriana Milazzo, Lynne C. Giles, Ying Zhang, Ann P. Koehler, Janet E. Hiller and Peng Bi
Abstract: Objective: To assess food safety practices, food shopping preferences, and eating behaviors of people diagnosed with Salmonella or Campylobacter infection in the warm seasons, and to identify socioeconomic factors associated with behavior and practices. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among Salmonella and Campylobacter cases with onset of illness from January 1 to March 31, 2013. Multivariable logistic regression analyses examined relationships between socioeconomic position and food safety knowledge and practices, shopping and food preferences, and preferences, perceptions, and knowledge about food safety information on warm days. Results: Respondents in our study engaged in unsafe personal and food hygiene practices. They also carried out unsafe food preparation practices, and had poor knowledge of foods associated with an increased risk of foodborne illness. Socioeconomic position did not influence food safety practices. We found that people's reported eating behaviors and food preferences were influenced by warm weather. Conclusions: Our study has explored preferences and practices related to food safety in the warm season months. This is important given that warmer ambient temperatures are projected to rise, both globally and in Australia, and will have a substantial effect on the burden of infectious gastroenteritis including foodborne disease. Our results provide information about modifiable behaviors for the prevention of foodborne illness in the household in the warm weather and the need for information to be disseminated across the general population. An understanding of the knowledge and factors associated with human behavior during warmer weather is critical for public health interventions on foodborne prevention.
Keywords: Campylobacter; food safety; public health; Salmonella
Rights: © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI: 10.1089/fpd.2016.2201
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