The research group are interested in the training and education of consumers, food handlers and healthcare professionals. Psychological theories have been used to develop and deliver targeted training and education interventions.
Healthcare focused food safety related research activity incorporates the food safety training of healthcare professionals such as dietitians, the provision of food safety information for patients and family caregivers in healthcare settings and the safe food production and service of food in UK hospitals.
Current research includes the development of an assessment tool to evaluate the adequacy of food safety communication in food media sources, and the design, delivery and evaluation of food safety information to chemotherapy patients and their family caregivers in healthcare settings. Given the increased risk of infection to patients during chemotherapy treatment (due to immunosuppression), we have identified a lack of information available to this at-risk group and are working with collaborators and funders to create a food safety strategy for cancer patients.
Support and Collaboration
The Research Unit supports post-doctoral, PhD and undergraduate studies and has national and international collaborations within the sector to include:
- Purdue University, USA
- The Ohio State University, USA
- Uppsala University, Sweden
Key Publications and Conferences (full list of Publications and full list of Conference Contributions)
Gould, V.J., Evans, E.W., Redmond, E.C., Marklinder, I.M., Quinlan, J.J., & Ilic, S. (2019) Exploring the Role of Dietitians in the Delivery of Food Safety Information. Food Protection Trends. 39(3): 277-282
Evans, E.W., & Redmond, E.C., (2018) Food Safety Knowledge and Self-Reported Food-Handling Practices in Cancer Treatment. Oncology Nursing Forum. 45(5): 98-110
Winter, G., Evans, E.W., Busby, O., and Redmond, E.C. (2019) Sport and Exercise Nutritionists’ Perceptions of Food Safety Risks among Athletes. Poster presented at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21st-24th July 2019.
Busby, O., Winter, G. & Evans, E.W. (2018) Food safety and the role of performance nutritionists. Dietetics Today. February 2018, 22.
Evans, E.W. & Redmond, E.C. (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.