Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Dietetics and Nutrition

First Advisor's Name

Zisca Dixon

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Penny Parham

Third Advisor's Name

Fatma Huffman

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to determine if food safety education influences food safety knowledge, attitude and behavior among inner city public school foodservice employees. Knowledge, attitude and behavior of an experimental group (n=22) was assessed before and after 3-hour food safety training and compared with a control group (n=10) that received no food safety training. We hypothesized that those who received food safety training would have improved knowledge, attitude and behavior towards food safety issues compared to those who did not receive training.

Results showed that food safety training significantly increased (p<0.001) the knowledge of foodservice employees compared to those who didn’t receive the training. However, the 3-hour training did not significantly influence attitude or practice of safe food-handling techniques. Education and consistent re-training, coupled with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system, food-handier sanitation certification and frequent supervision may help to increase food safety awareness among foodservice employees.





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