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ARTICLES Copyright© 2012, International Association for Food Protection 6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 200W, Des Moines, IA 50322-2864 Food Protection Trends, Vol. 32, No. 11, Pages 688–696 Current Food Safety Knowledge of Registered Dietitians LYDIA C. MEDEIROS1* and JANET BUFFER2 1* The Ohio State University, Dept. of Human Nutrition, 1787 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210–1295, USA; 2 Kroger Co., 2175 Park Lake Drive, Atlanta, GA 30345, USA SUMMARy The objectives were to assess dietitians’ current food safety knowledge by measuring general knowledge, pathogen knowledge, food safety training, and information channels used by dietitians to locate food safety information, and to compare differences in current knowledge in relation to differences in food safety teaching behavior with patients. A non-probabilistic sample of registered dietitians (n = 327) in the United States was asked to complete a web-delivered survey. The study used a descriptive, cross-sectional design. Non-parametric data between two teaching groups were analyzed by Chi-square tests. Parametric data between teaching groups were compared by Student’s t-tests. Dietitians were moderately knowledgeable of general food safety principles, showing no differences between teaching groups (P = 0.09), but pathogen knowledge differed between those who taught and those who did not teach patients food safety (P = 0.02 to 0.002). Teaching was more frequently reported by dietitians who had participated in post-undergraduate food safety training (P < 0.001). The Internet was reported to be a popular and frequently utilized source of food safety information, but Registered Dietitians (RD) are apparently seeking basic food safety information and information that is not in great depth to fully understand the implications of pathogen exposure in susceptible patient populations. This study has implications to dietetic undergraduate and continuing education programs. A peer-reviewed article *Author for correspondence: Phone: +1 614.292.2699; Fax: +1 614.292.8880 E-mail: 688 FOOD PROTECTION TRENDS | NOVEMBER 2012

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Food Protection Trends - November 2012