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Are staff management practices and inspection risk ratings associated with foodborne disease outbreaks in the catering industry in England and Wales?

Jones, Sarah L., Parry, Sharon Maree, O'Brien, Sarah J. and Palmer, Stephen Royston 2008. Are staff management practices and inspection risk ratings associated with foodborne disease outbreaks in the catering industry in England and Wales? Journal of Food Protection 71 (3) , pp. 550-557.

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Abstract

Despite structured enforcement of food hygiene requirements known to prevent foodborne disease outbreaks, catering businesses continue to be the most common setting for outbreaks in the United Kingdom. In a matched case control study of catering businesses, 148 businesses associated with outbreaks were compared with 148 control businesses. Hazard analysis critical control point systems and/or formal food hygiene training qualifications were not protective. Food hygiene inspection scores were not useful in predicting which catering businesses were associated with outbreaks. Businesses associated with outbreaks were more likely to be larger small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or to serve Chinese cuisine and less likely to have the owner or manager working in the kitchen, but when size of the SME was taken into account these two differences were no longer significant. In larger businesses, case businesses were more likely to be hotels and were more commonly associated with viral foodborne outbreaks, but there was no explanation within the data for this association.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: International Association for Food Protection
ISSN: 0362-028X
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2018 22:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/17247

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