Exploring the Role of Dietitians in the Delivery of Food Safety Information
Evans, Ellen W.
International Association for Food Protection
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Individuals with compromised-immunity have an increased risk of foodborne disease. There’s a need for such individuals to be made aware of risk reducing food safety practices to reduce the potential risk of foodborne disease in this population. Dietitians are regulated by law to assess, diagnose and treat dietary/nutritional problems, working with individuals and indirectly, through training/education of other health professionals. Identification of individuals who are at risk of foodborne illness by dietitians is key to effective provision of any amount of food safety information to vulnerable patients. Food safety advice provided by dietitians for appropriate individuals could form part of their dietetic management, and research has found that the public have named dietitians as health professionals they trust to provide food safety advice. However, gaps in food safety knowledge of registered dietitians are apparent, despite inclusion of food safety training in the undergraduate dietetic curriculum. The aim of this paper is to explore the potential role dietitians play in delivery of food safety information and consider this from an international perspective, as well as determining potential opportunities to enable dietitians to deliver clinically applicable food safety information to consumers in order to help reduce their risk of foodborne disease.
Food Protection Trends;
Gould, V.J., Evans, E.W., Redmond, E.C., Marklinder, I.M., Quinlan, J.J and Ilic, S. (In Press) ‘Exploring the Role of Dietitians in the Delivery of Food Safety Information’, Food Protection Trends.
Article accepted for publication in Food Protection Trends (In Press).
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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