Food Safety education in Home and Consumer Studies
2014 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
In Swedish compulsory school, the mandatory school subject Home- and Consumer Studies (HCS) is an opportunity to educate students about Food Safety. It is defined in the Curriculum-2011 as “Hygiene and cleaning in handling, cooking and storage of food”. By having Food Safety knowledge, the students might influence their future health. In Sweden it has been estimated that approximately five percent of the population get Food-borne infected each year, which has an impact on public health.
To investigate Food Safety as a part of HCS education by providing insights regarding perception and behavior connected to Food Safety among students in the 9:th grade in Swedish Compulsory School.
A national questionnaire survey was conducted in autumn 2013 among 529 students in the 9:th grade, at 18 schools in different parts of Sweden by using a Student Response System. The content of the questionnaire focused on Curriculum 2011 and the hygiene Hot Spots summarized in the four C’s: Cooking, Cleaning, Cooling and Cross-contamination.
The results indicates positive behavior regarding hand washing, cooking and best before date, while there were uncertainties associated with reheating, cross-contamination, minced meat and dishcloths. Mother was considered the largest source of knowledge and trust, while HCS education was an important source for those who do not get the opportunity to cook at home, which was more common among boys. The students were uncertain regarding what can be considered as an appropriate refrigerator temperature.
Even if mother is suggested to be the most important source of knowledge related to Food Safety this study indicates that HCS education fulfills an important function, especially for boys who seemed to more rarely get their knowledge from home. Present data indicates that some issues e.g. to avoid Cross-contamination and Cooling need to be more highlighted in HCS education, especially from a health perspective.
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Research subject Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283217DiVA: diva2:918820
International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium on Food Safety, Budapest