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|Title:||Strengthening food control in a multi-cultural society: Abu Dhabi food safety training initiatives|
|Author(s):||H.E. Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, (Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Eunice Taylor, (Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)|
|Citation:||H.E. Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, Eunice Taylor, (2011) "Strengthening food control in a multi-cultural society: Abu Dhabi food safety training initiatives", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 3 Iss: 5, pp.422 - 431|
|Keywords:||ADFCA, Examinations, Food safety, Food safety management systems, Hospitality, National cultures, Small and/or less developed businesses, Training, United Arab Emirates|
|Article type:||Technical paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17554211111185791 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on a number of initiatives currently being taken by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority to improve food safety across the food chain. It focuses on the piloting of a new photographic food safety examination for food handlers designed to meet the needs of the multi-cultural workforce. It is the fourth paper in a themed issue of
Design/methodology/approach – The piloting of the photographic examination involved 121 candidates who undertook the examination in January 2011. The results were compared with the cumulative data from the previous three years (
Findings – The results of the pilot suggest that replacing the written multiple choice examination paper with a photograph-based alternative, increased the pass rate by almost 20 per cent, whilst retaining the overall level of difficulty of the examination.
Practical implications – The paper will be of value to practitioners, trainers, education specialists, policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the food safety training initiatives.
Originality/value – This is a unique study providing a mechanism for food handlers with low levels of literacy to become “qualified” to international standards.
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