Jul 29th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Work Experience and Education: Their effect on food safety practices of university students


The continued prevalence of foodborne illness (FBI), the large population of young adults in the foodservice industry, and the contradictory results of previous studies indicate a need for further investigation of food safety practices among young adults. The goal of this study was to evaluate the personal food safety practices of undergraduate students based on their level of foodservice industry work experience and college major. Being a hotel major did significantly affect practices, but having foodservice work experience did not. This suggests that industry operators are not doing an adequate job of educating their staff about proper food safety practices.