Food hygiene knowledge in adolescents and young adults

Mullan, Barbara A., Wong, Cara, Todd, Jemma, Davis, Esther L. and Kothe, Emily 2015, Food hygiene knowledge in adolescents and young adults, British food journal, vol. 117, no. 1, pp. 50-61, doi: 10.1108/BFJ-03-2013-0060.

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Title Food hygiene knowledge in adolescents and young adults
Author(s) Mullan, Barbara A.
Wong, Cara
Todd, Jemma
Davis, Esther L.
Kothe, EmilyORCID iD for Kothe, Emily
Journal name British food journal
Volume number 117
Issue number 1
Start page 50
End page 61
Total pages 12
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bradford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 0007-070X
Keyword(s) Food hygiene
Food knowledge
Food safety
Foodborne illness
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to utilise the comprehensive Food Safety Knowledge Instrument to compare food hygiene knowledge across a population of high school and university students in Australia and the UK. Design/methodology/approach – In total, 475 students from secondary schools and universities in Australia and the UK took part in a survey, which included a Food Safety Knowledge Instrument and demographic items. Findings – Food safety knowledge was generally very low. High school students had a mean score of only 38 per cent, while university students just reached a “pass” with a mean of 54 per cent. Demographics accounted for 41 per cent of variance in food knowledge scores. Female gender, being at university rather than high school, and living out of home rather than with parents were associated with greater food knowledge. Residing in Australia rather than the UK and being older were also associated with greater knowledge; however, these findings were subsumed by education group. Socio-economic status was not a significant predictor of food knowledge. Practical implications – Identifying demographic and cultural differences in food knowledge can help to identify at-risk populations to better target in theory and knowledge-based interventions. Originality/value – This study is the first to apply the knowledge instrument in an Australian population. Understanding the baseline knowledge in this population is an important first step at developing effective interventions for food safety.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/BFJ-03-2013-0060
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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