Study calls for more food safety awareness


Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A pilot study published in The Journal of The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health suggests that food safety awareness should be higher up on the Government¹s agenda if it is to encourage more independent lifestyles for older people. The pilot study investigated issues surrounding food safety of older people living at home and looked into food storage, temperature of refrigerators, knowledge of food labels, general hygiene awareness, and assessment of the kitchen environment. The results showed that food safety awareness among older people is very inconsistent. When reading food packaging information, the “best before” and “use by” dates were considered the factors of greatest importance, but although the food safety message of these dates was understood, they were not necessarily adhered to. Several participants bought items near to the end of the product¹s shelf life ­ as they were cheaper ­ but kept the item for up to a month prior to consumption. Measurements of actual refrigerator temperatures d





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