Food Safety Training Program Evaluation
A report recently published by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation seeks to analyze the impact of training on food safety. To do this, the report evaluated a variety of food safety training programs and verified whether they had an impact on reducing foodborne illness. The report also looked at different programs from different cultures and social contexts.
The report, titled “The Impact of Skills and Education Interventions on Food Safety Outcomes,” came to a number of important conclusions that could be used to inform food safety training programs. the future.
For example, it has been found that food safety training programs are not adequately monitored and evaluated to determine if they are effective. The report actually found that there was no peer-reviewed literature used to support the claims made by food safety programs.
Regarding the different social and cultural contexts, the report recommends using current knowledge to define and develop practical guidelines. This is especially important for low- and middle-income countries, where it is often difficult to use food safety programs due to lack of infrastructure, poverty and low levels of literacy. These are factors that should be taken into account in order for foodborne illness to be reduced through the use of training programs.
Improving the training programs available is probably a key way to reduce illness and death from food contamination. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of people die from completely preventable foodborne illnesses each year. This number includes 125,000 children under five.
The full report and an executive summary are available on the Lloyd’s Register Foundation website.