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Consumers' awareness of food safety from shopping to eating
Jevšnik, Mojca (Author), Hlebec, Valentina (Author), Raspor, Peter (Author)

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Abstract
Knowledge of food safety among consumers has various dimensions. Due to a number of food-related incidents and reported outbreaks worldwide, consumer confidence has begun to vacillate. The objective of this quantitative survey (n = 1030) was to determine Slovenian consumersć food safety knowledge and practices during purchase, transportation and storage of food, as well as foodhandling practices at home. The study highlighted gaps in food safety knowledge and some critical safety violations regarding food handling at home.Half of the respondents never thought of using a cooling bag for the transport of refrigerated or frozen foods. Approximately half of the respondents defrost meat on working surfaces and only one-third wash knives and cutting boards with hot water and detergent before re-use or use clean implements. Forty-four percent of respondents did not know the correct refrigerator temperature for the storage of perishable food. All other determinations concerning food safety knowledge and practices are presented and discussed. Consumer education should be the focus in order to reduce foodborne diseases. Educational material regarding Good Housekeeping Practice should be available to the general public from many sources. Only safety-conscious consumers can become active partners within the food safety circle.

Language:English
Keywords:food safety, consumer, food handling, education, good housekeeping practice
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FDV - Faculty of Social Sciences
Year:2008
Number of pages:str. 737-745
Numbering:Vol. 19, no. 8
UDC:579
ISSN on article:0956-7135
COBISS.SI-ID:27125341 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:Food control
Shortened title:Food control
Publisher:Butterworth Scientific
ISSN:0956-7135
COBISS.SI-ID:27289088 New window

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Language:Unknown
Keywords:varnost živil, potrošniki

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