Evaluation of the efficacy of a training course in food safety addressed to food charity volunteers

  • Daniela Manila Bianchi | manila.bianchi@izsto.it Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Ilaria Giorgi Biostatistics Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Fabio Zuccon Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Donatella De Somma Biostatistics Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Valeria D'Errico Biostatistics Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Walter Martelli Biostatistics Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Adolfo Muzzani Banco Alimentare Piemonte Onlus, Moncalieri, Italy.
  • Vilma Soncin Banco Alimentare Piemonte Onlus, Moncalieri, Italy.
  • Salvatore Collarino Banco Alimentare Piemonte Onlus, Moncalieri, Italy.
  • Daniela Adriano Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.
  • Lucia Decastelli Food Control and Production Hygiene Unit, The Veterinary Medical Research Institute for Piedmont, Liguria and the Aosta Valley, Turin, Italy.

Abstract

In Italy, the Banco Alimentare Onlus manages a network of 8,000 charitable organizations that distribute 67,000 tons of foodstuffs to 1.6 million needy persons. To provide their volunteers with the required food safety knowledge, the Banco Alimentare del Piemonte Onlus commissioned the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta to hold training courses in food safety. Before and after each session, the participants completed a questionnaire to evaluate their knowledge on the topic of food safety. The responses were entered in a dedicated database and analyzed using STATA ver. 15.1. Comparison of the scores for each participant before and after training revealed a considerable discordance [ICC 0.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.00-0.18]. Analysis of the post-training questionnaires showed that the number of questions left unanswered decreased and the number of correct answers increased. The difference between the percentage of correct and incorrect responses before and after the training course was statistically significant (P<0.001). Comparison of responses to the pre- and post-training questionnaires provided the data for statistical evaluation of the efficacy of the training course.

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2019-12-05
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food safety, food hygiene, training, food waste
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Bianchi, D. M., Giorgi, I., Zuccon, F., De Somma, D., D’Errico, V., Martelli, W., Muzzani, A., Soncin, V., Collarino, S., Adriano, D., & Decastelli, L. (2019). Evaluation of the efficacy of a training course in food safety addressed to food charity volunteers. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 8(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2019.8316