Identifying Vulnerable Populations at Risk of Foodborne Infection: 3 People with Diabetes Mellitus
Evans, Ellen W.
International Association for Food Protection
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It is well documented that individuals with compromised immunity have an increased risk of foodborne infection; however, many often do not have an awareness that they are more vulnerable to foodborne infection. Consequently, such individuals need to be made aware of their increased risk and of food safety practices necessary to reduce the potential risk of foodborne disease. Consumer food safety research suggest highly focused, targeted interventions are the most impactful for effective consumer food safety education. Interventions that enable immunocompromised individuals to understand their increased susceptibility to infection may empower this vulnerable group to adopt risk reducing food safety practices. The aim of this paper is to explore the association between foodborne infection and diabetes mellitus to increase understanding of this under-represented group within food safety research. Findings may help inform the development of future food safety educational interventions specifically intended for people living with diabetes mellitus.
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Article accepted for publication in Journal of Food Protection
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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