My research interests relate to the impact of human cognition and behaviour upon food safety throughout the food supply chain from production through to consumer handling, as well as the design, development, implementation and evaluation of targeted interventions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness from food safety malpractices. My food safety research projects incorporate three key area;
- Food safety culture in the food and drink manufacturing and processing industry.
- Consumer food safety cognition and behaviour in the domestic environment.
- Food safety education, communication and training in public health and healthcare settings with vulnerable patient groups, family-caregivers and healthcare professionals.
My PhD research investigated older adults' domestic food handling and storage practices associated with the risk of listeriosis. Post-doctoral research expanded into other 'at-risk' and vulnerable consumer groups including pregnant women and people receiving chemotherapy treatment. I supervise BSc and MRes student projects. As part of the research team at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, my recently completed and ongoing externally funded research projects include:
- Tenovus Cancer Care Innovation Grant: Food safety strategies for cancer patients
- Welsh Government Food Sector Development Framework:
"Food for the Future". A Food, Health and Nutrition Project.
- Welsh Government Food Division project to Support the Food & Drink Sector: Understanding the Barriers to Accreditation in the Food & Drink Sector in Wales.
- Research and Enterprise "Get started" fund: Feasibility study to assess hand hygiene practices of food handlers in Welsh SMEs.
- Health Technology Challenge: Evaluation of the acceptability of tablet-based and paper-based food-safety and nutrition interventions for carers of chemotherapy patients. (Led by E.W. Evans with collaborators at Cardiff University and Velindre Cancer Centre).
Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2014) Behavioural Risk Factors Associated With Listeriosis in the Home: A Review of Consumer Food Safety Studies. Journal of Food Protection. 77(3) pp 510 – 521. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-13-238
Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2015). Analysis of Older Adults' Domestic Kitchen Storage Practices in the United Kingdom: Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Listeriosis. Journal of Food Protection, 78(4), 738-745. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-14-527
Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2016) Older adult consumers' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported storage practices of ready-to-eat food products and the risks associated with listeriosis. Journal of Food Protection, 79(2), 263-272 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-15-312
Evans, E. (2016). Older adults' domestic kitchen practices associated with an increased risk of listeriosis. Perspectives in Public Health 136(4): 199-201. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1757913916649818
Evans, E. (2016). Domestic kitchen risk factors of listeriosis among older-adult consumers. Microbiologist 17(1): 14 - 17.
Evans, E. and E. Redmond (2016). Time-Temperature Profiling of United Kingdom Consumers’ Domestic Refrigerators. Journal of Food Protection 79(12): 2119 – 2127. DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-270
Evans, E. W. and E. C. Redmond (2017). An assessment of food safety information provision for UK chemotherapy patients to reduce the risk of foodborne infection. Public Health 153(12): 25-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.06.017