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Effect of food safety training on food safety behaviors and microbial findings in Texas childcare centers

by 1974- Staskel, Deanna Marie

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Children under the age of five experience a disproportionately high rate of bacterial enteric infections. Research has demonstrated a relationship between inadequate childcare center sanitation and illnesses in children. This cross-sectional study assessed the sanitation levels of foodservice surfaces in a sample of 36 Texas childcare centers via recovery and identification of selected enteric, gram-negative bacteria. The centers in this study had the capacity to care for 50-332 children and represented diverse socioeconomic and racial profiles. Forty-one percent (68 of 167) of total swab samples collected tested positive for bacteria. Twenty-seven different types of bacteria were identified from positive swab samples. Most of the bacteria found are considered opportunistic pathogens which can pose serious health risks to those with compromised immune systems, such as young children. Two types of bacteria recovered, Salmonella paratyphi A and Klebsiella pneumonia, are considered non-opportunistic and can infect healthy individuals. The most common areas of bacterial contamination were the sink drain area of the dishwashing sink, the hand-washing sink facet handles, the handle of the garbage can lid, and cutting boards. It is vital for childcare staff to wash their hands often and disinfect all surfaces, since even surfaces that appear clean can harbor microorganisms. 14
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School:The University of Texas at Austin

School Location:USA - Texas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:food handling child care services texas

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