Assessing food safety behavior: Salient beliefs of school nutrition employees

Michelle Alcorn, Kevin Roberts, Kevin Sauer, Paola Paez, Tracee Watkins

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With 30 million children served daily through the National School Lunch Program and even more students who consume a breakfast or snack prepared by employees in school nutrition programs, it is imperative that employees prepare and serve food safely. To motivate these behaviors, intervention strategies must target employee beliefs about food safety practices. Therefore, the purpose of this elicitation study was to determine significant variables that can influence behavioral intention by using the Theory of Planned Behavior to investigate child nutrition program employee’s salient beliefs regarding proper handwashing, handling of food and work surfaces, and use of thermometers. <br>Through purposive sampling, 43 school nutrition employees were recruited to participate in one of four focus groups within three Midwestern states. Employees identified salient beliefs that affect behavior. Three researchers analyzed the transcripts independently to identify themes. Further analysis wa
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Protection Trends
StatePublished - Jul 2019


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