The FSA has today published the findings of its research into domestic kitchen practices. The findings of the study, called Kitchen Life, offers for the first time detailed insights into what people actually do and why in UK kitchens, and will help to develop our thinking about how to reduce the burden of foodborne disease.
Food safety in the home is a key focus of the Foodborne Disease Strategy for 2010–2015, which aims to reduce incidents of foodborne disease. In 2008 the Agency’s Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) and the Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) made a number of recommendations; one SSRC recommendation included carrying out a study to examine food-safety
behaviours in the home, focusing on ‘actual’ rather than reported behaviours.
Kitchen Life is part of a package of research that has since been commissioned by the FSA. The study used a range of qualitative methods, which included a participant-led kitchen tour, observation, video observation and informal interviews, to investigate practices in the kitchens of 20 UK households.
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