To assess the food storage knowledge and practice of elderly people living at home.
Face to face interviews ; dietary diaries with a food frequency questionnaire ; and follow up interviews.
Participants-809 elderly people (aged 65+) randomly selected from general practitioner lists.
Main outcome measures-Respondent's refrigerator temperature ; knowledge of freezer star rating ; understanding of « use by » and « sell by » dates ; reported ability to read food product safety labels.
From a weighted total of 645 refrigerators measured, 451 (70%) were too warm for the safe storage of food (>=6°Celsius).
Only 41% of respondents (n=279) knew the star rating of their freezer.
Within a smaller sub-sample knowledge of the « use by » and « sell by » dates was good, but 45% of these respondents reported difficulty reading food labels.
The storage of foods at inappropriate temperatures was not independent of socioeconomic or demographic status, and tended to be more likely among the poorer and those not living alone.
Conclusions-Food storage practices among the majority of elderly people interviewed in this study do not meet recommended safety standards to minimise the risk of food poisoning.
Mots-clés Pascal : Alimentation, Stockage, Aliment, Intoxication alimentaire, A domicile, Education santé, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Vieillard, Homme, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Prévention, Questionnaire, Entretien
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Feeding, Storage, Food, Food poisoning, At home, Health education, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Elderly, Human, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Prevention, Questionnaire, Interview
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0512211
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 23/03/1999.