Public opinion and awareness of Campylobacter
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Purpose Campylobacter is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United Kingdom (UK), with an estimated cost of £900 million to the UK economy. As a result, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have spent several years trying to improve public awareness of this foodborne pathogen in an attempt to reduce foodborne illness. The aim of this study was to investigate public opinion and awareness Campylobacter, and the safety precautions food handlers currently take to avoid Campylobacteriosis. Methodology A self-complete questionnaire was developed using the online platform Qualtrics. SPSS was used for inferential statistics and Microsoft Excel was used for descriptive statistics. Findings Result have shown the awareness of Campylobacter and food safety practices to reduce the likelihood of campylobacteriosis, with on average 20% of participants reporting behaviours outside of FSA recommended practices. Lower compliance rates were shown in some demographics with aged 18-29 showing the lowest average compliance (70%). Awareness of Campylobacter was poor overall, with 32% of participants unaware that Campylobacter has been on the news for raw chicken or unpasteurised milk and 20% answered that they did not know what Campylobacter was. Originality/value The study is significant to understand and evaluate the public’s opinion and awareness of Campylobacter and the food safety standards of participants from various backgrounds. This would help to provide focus to food safety campaigns regarding Campylobacter and food safety to reduce the 180,000 cases estimated in 2016 by the FSA.
BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology
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