Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Assessing the Effectiveness of Food Worker Training in Florida: Opportunities and Challenges

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Assessing the Effectiveness of Food Worker Training in Florida: Opportunities and Challenges

Article excerpt

* Common sense suggests that food worker training programs will improve food handler practices and decrease the risk of foodborne illness and foodborne outbreaks.

* Nevertheless, the task of measuring the effectiveness of food worker training is a challenging one.

* This study utilized trends in foodborne-outbreak contributing factors to evaluate a recent change in Florida's food worker training.

* Subsequent to training, the relative incidence of many factors that contribute to foodborne outbreaks actually increased.

* The relative incidence of other factors decreased.

* The overall rate of foodborne outbreaks associated with the contributing factors that the authors studied decreased subsequent to training.

* The results of this study must be interpreted with caution because of multiple confounding factors.

* The following other methods are sometimes used to measure the effectiveness of training:

1. Comparison of the number of foodborne-illness outbreaks before and after implementation of food worker training.

2. Comparison of the number of cited critical violations in restaurants before and after implementation of food worker training. …

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