One of the best ways to solidify the new strategies you learn is to apply them and teach them.
Basem Boutros is a CFSEC2017 scholarship student who explains how he applied his new learning from the conference to a story in his life and made his new learning permanent.
Basem sent us his story:
The 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference drew to my attention to several aspects that contribute to food safety behavior. In this brief story, I see that I experienced a goal of food safety behavior change, self-regulation, without even realizing it!
Self-regulation refers to controlling oneself through self-monitoring.
In the past, I worked in a restaurant as prep cook/line cook and there were food safety standards in place that we all, as a back-of-the-house staff, were committed to.
Much of my job required the preparation and handling of raw chicken. One time, while I was preparing to put chicken wings in the mixing bowl to bread them, I checked the box and found that the wings were slimy and emitted an obnoxious smell.
I let the chef know and he recommended disposing of them. I felt like if it had not been for the pre-check I did, as a result of self-monitoring, many people may have gotten sick!
That’s my learning story.
Go BAC Fighters!
Basem Boutros is specializing in food safety as a PhD student in Hospitality Management at Kansas State University.
Whether you attended in person, watched the live broadcast, or kept tabs on Twitter from work, BAC Fighters are reporting that CFSEC2107 is having a big effect on their work.
There was an excellent variety of sectors represented; BAC Fighters from academia, the corporate world, and government made up over 60% of attendees, with co-op extension, public health, and nonprofits making up nearly all of the rest. We would love to spread the word to more school teachers for the next conference!
Frank Yiannas Led the Top Five Keynote and Plenary Sessions
- Food Safety = Behavior 2.0/Frank Yiannas
- What are key elements of effective behavioral change strategies?/BenjaminChapman & Michael Roberson
- What Affects Risk Perception & Motivation? /Monique Turner, Rylee Gustafson and Christine Prue
- The Behavior Change Wheel/Lou Atkins
- The Power of Habit/Charles Duhigg
But What Do You Really Think?
- 98% of attendees learned strategies for increasing adherence to safe food handling behaviors among consumers.
- 100% said you will make changes in your practice as a result of information presented at this conference.
- 98% learned strategies for increasing adherence to safe food handling behaviors among consumers.
- 100% of you told us that the conference provided you with opportunities to develop your network of professional contacts.
- 100% of conference-goers reported that they will disseminate this information to create positive behavior changes in consumer food handling practices.
Your Food Safety Outreach is Both Deep and Broad!
You reported that your potential audience includes:
- +1000 patients and community members, family members as well.
- ~300, caregivers, healthcare staff, community members
- At least 30 other regulators.
- All residents in the city and county of Denver and restaurant owners and employees.
- The state of Arizona – all counties and regulatories with in them.
- Retailer: ~2500 stores and guests
- High school students
- Patients at a doctor’s office about 20 patients a week.
- 250 – teachers in WA State
- 300+ I teach food safety training to our partner agencies at a foodbank.
- Direct: 3000/yea Indirect:10,000 year Social media:20,000/year
- Over 240 peers and professionals
- I am an extension agent and serve 7 countries, do television and therefore the potential audience is in the thousands.
- 1000 Servsafe/volunteer training
- Potential Audience – city of Las Vegas Industry food handlers
Top 5 Ways You Prefer to Receive Partnership for Food Safety messages:
- Facebook/Twitter (tie)
- Professional Webinars
Was Your Main Purpose in Attending this Conference Achieved?
The answers were overwhelmingly: YES!
- Learning more about current research in food safety behavior and intervention strategies. The purpose was highly achieved.
- To better communicate with those we inspect to instill lasting change. Yes, I was able to see why what lab can be done better.
- To have scientific fundamental about food handling. Yes, this was a very powerful conference.
- To learn new strategies and techniques for teaching food safety. Yes.
- Understanding what others are doing and exchange resources and network – yes
- To better understand the concept of behavior change and how it can be applied to food safety. Yes!
- To find out more information on how to have a better social media presence on food safety. Yes, I learned a lot. The breakout sessions on behavior change in the digital age was great.
- To learn and meet industry academia and government personnel, yes.
- Learned more about teaching food safety using different techniques. Yes, felt a lot like the conference focused on this.
- Enhance my professional development. Yes – very relevant and impactful.
- Became familiar with food safety and learn some messages to improve the food safety culture at my office/lab. It was met and I have several tools to take home.
- Having some ideas for my PhD dissertation. Yes, I got a lot of new great ideas.
Last but not Least
99% said you would attend this conference again!
See you in Orlando in 2019!
Conference Links You’ll Want to Check out!
To access/view video of conference plenary and keynote sessions:
Conference photo page:
Elisa Shackelton, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University and Carla Opp, Workforce Development and Quality Improvement Coordinator- Jefferson Public Health use the resources on Fightbac.org to spread the word about food safety to their communities in different ways.
Elisa finds that researched-based Fightbac.org resources are useful for communicating via social media. Carla finds that the kid-friendly materials are effective to captivate this hard-to-reach group.
Learn more about how they do it:
Food safety is a key concept learned in classes taught by Joanna Fedor, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Northridge High School in Greeley, Colorado. Joanna moves her students from little or no knowledge of hand hygiene basics to a working knowledge of the why’s and how’s of food safety.
She uses interactive activities such as Glo-Germ for hand washing education and the free, science-based curricular materials at fightbac.org for teaching the basic four skills of clean, separate, cook and chill.
In addition, Joanna works with students on the culinary teams to prepare for competitions. These student chefs run food safety circles around most TV chefs!
Joanna and her students explain:
To enrich your experience even more- we have pulled out some key resources that you may have missed from some of the presentations. Our generous speakers added these links within their presentations for those wanting an even deeper dive into their topics.
Extra Resources you May Have Missed!
Check out the ones that resonate with your food safety work and let us know how you use them!
The Behaviour Change Wheel: a tool to promote consumer food safety
Dr. Lou Atkins, University College London Centre for Behaviour Change
Finding and Sharing Stories
Lori Jacobwith, Ignited Fundraising
Boring to Brilliant: Finding and Sharing Stories That Cause People To Take Action: a step-by-step guide that includes: storytelling criteria for brilliant stories, helpful checklists and easy to use templates.
Storytelling to Motivate Change in Food Safety
Patricia Buck, Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention
Beyond Knowledge: Strategies to Encourage Actual Behavior Change
Kevin Roberts and Kevin Sauer of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
Motivating Food Safety Behavior Change -Thinking INSIDE the Box
Michéle Samarya-Timm, Somerset County Department of Health (New Jersey, USA)
Evaluation of the Implementation of a Food Safety Intervention for Food Pantries
Ashley Chaifetz and Benjamin Chapman of North Carolina State University
Empowering Change through the Safe & Healthy Food Pantries Project
Barbara Ingham, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Amber Canto, University of Wisconsin Extension
Handling of Leafy Greens in Foodservices Serving Older Americans: Before and After Intervention
Susan Arendt, Iowa State University and Kevin Sauer, Kansas State University
Leafy Green Safe Handling Posters, downloadable in a high resolution, print-ready pdf. Available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
The Story of Your Dinner – Anecdotes from a Public-Private Sector Food Safety Outreach Initiative in the SE United States
Michael Roberson, Publix Super Markets Inc. and Shelley Feist, Partnership for Food Safety Education