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

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Daniela Manila Bianchi *
Ilaria Giorgi
Fabio Zuccon
Donatella De Somma
Valeria D'Errico
Walter Martelli
Adolfo Muzzani
Vilma Soncin
Salvatore Collarino
Daniela Adriano
Lucia Decastelli
(*) Corresponding Author:
Daniela Manila Bianchi | manila.bianchi@izsto.it

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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