Summary of Awards to Date

A knowledge assessment and intervention to reduce food poisoning risk factors related to restaurant food handlers.

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Date

Sep. 1, 2008 - Aug. 31, 2012

Award Number

ILLW-2008-00785

Funding Agency

Center for Produce Safety

Amount Awarded

$921,981.00

Investigator

Mark S. Dworkin, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-Investigator(s)

Liu, L., Bordson, M.

Summary

Improper handling of food is a substantial contributor to the occurrence of restaurant-associated foodborne outbreaks. The goals of this project include determining gaps in food safety knowledge among restaurant food handlers that work in suburban restaurants (including examining the influence of lack of English fluency among Spanish speaking food handlers), creating evidence-based educational interventions for this population of food handlers and assessing which is superior (a comic book versus a brochure) on its impact on knowledge and on restaurant inspection score results as well as determining if the comic book or brochure is more acceptable to each of the two language groups. This project will include knowledge surveys of suburban restaurant food handlers before and after providing them with these language appropriate educational interventions and collection and analysis of information from restaurant inspections performed by local health departments. The project will be working with the Survey Research Laboratory and will be informed by a group of stakeholders including local health departments and the state health department.