What is it about?

Several studies have identified poor refrigeration as a major cause of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. Evaluating food storage refrigeration knowledge, attitudes, and practices among university students reveals that the use of myths could expose students to the risk of foodborne illness. Results from this study also show that nutritional acculturation by foreign-born individuals tends to align with positive food safety attitudes.

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Why is it important?

The results of this survey show some fundamental knowledge, attitude, and practices gap related to food refrigeration among undergraduates'. Our finding reveals that the use of "myths" and the negative consequences on food safety is evident among university students. Half the study population reported using the smell and appearance of food as a basis for determining if food is safe to eat. Also, we found non-caucasian and Canadian born individuals being deficient in food safety knowledge and attitude, respectively.

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I hope the hard work and dedication put into this project will help to communicate the need for more educational awareness on food storage refrigeration among university students

David Obande
Ryerson University

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This page is a summary of: Safe food refrigeration knowledge, attitudes, and practices of university students, British Food Journal, February 2020, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/bfj-05-2019-0327.
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