Consumers’ perception and knowledge of food safety: results of questionnaires accessible on IZSalimenTO website

  • Amaranta Traversa | amaranta.traversa@izsto.it Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Daniela Manila Bianchi Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Sara Astegiano Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Antonio Barbaro Epidemiology Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Maria Cristina Bona Epidemiology Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Elisa Baioni Epidemiology Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Francesca Rubinetti Epidemiology Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, .
  • Enrico Aliberti Informatic and Telematic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Carlo Palazzo Informatic and Telematic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Silvia Gallina Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Lucia Decastelli Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.

Abstract

The present survey was undertaken to investigate consumers’ knowledge of the main foodborne agents and dietary regimen during pregnancy. Data were collected using monthly questionnaires available on IZSalimenTO website between March 2013 and January 2014. Hepatitis A virus questionnaire: 20 respondents (77%) recognized berries as foodstuff linked to the outbreak of hepatitis A. The majority correctly indicated as precautionary advice to boil berries before consumption. Botulism questionnaire: 29 respondents (62%) indicated pesto as food involved in botulism alert in July 2013. The risk of infant botulism in infant less than 1 year old due to honey consumption is known by 24 respondents (51%). Main foodborne disease questionnaire: the risk of infection by Salmonella after the consumption of foods made with raw eggs is known by the majority (94%; N=17) as well as the treatments to be applied in order to make fresh fish safe from parasites (76%). Pregnancy questionnaire: 20 respondents (74%) believed that washing vegetables and fruits with sodium bicarbonate or chlorate solution is able to inactivate Toxoplasma; only 4 (15%) reported both raw meat and vegetables washed with sodium bicarbonate as food at risk. Results indicate that all consumers should be trained on behaviour and dietary regimen to be adopted in pregnancy and in infant <1 year old. The website may be considered as a useful tool to assess consumers’ knowledge: both the news section and the contents published may be a source of information and education for consumers on food safety.

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2015-04-02
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Food safety, Consumer knowledge, Questionnaires
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Traversa, A., Bianchi, D. M., Astegiano, S., Barbaro, A., Bona, M. C., Baioni, E., Rubinetti, F., Aliberti, E., Palazzo, C., Gallina, S., & Decastelli, L. (2015). Consumers’ perception and knowledge of food safety: results of questionnaires accessible on IZSalimenTO website. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2015.4533