The refrigerator safari

Abigail Breen (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Sophie Brock (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Katrina Crawford (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Mary Docherty (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Gavin Drummond (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Lucy Gill (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Sophie Lawton (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Vivienne Mankarious (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Andrea Oustayiannis (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Gemma Rushworth (Hull York Medical School, York, UK)
Kevin G. Kerr (Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 1 June 2006



Food‐borne infection remains a major public health concern and it is important that healthcare professionals in training understand the epidemiology of gastro‐intestinal infection and strategies for its prevention. This article describes a student selected component (SSC), i.e. an element which supplements the core curriculum for undergraduate medical students and its use as an educational tool.


The SSC incorporated a refrigerator safari in which students examined a number of domestic refrigerators for factors which might affect adversely the microbiological quality of the food within them as well as determining refrigerator temperatures with a sensitive thermometer.


The refrigerator safaris, although small in number (n=25) highlighted a number of frequently occurring factors such as unacceptable refrigerator temperatures and foods which had passed their use by/best before dates. Student feedback indicated that the safari was much appreciated as a practical way of learning about food safety.


The refrigerator safari is a novel method for the teaching of undergraduate students about food hygiene in the domestic setting and emphasises that consumers have important roles and responsibilities in protecting themselves from food‐borne infection.



Breen, A., Brock, S., Crawford, K., Docherty, M., Drummond, G., Gill, L., Lawton, S., Mankarious, V., Oustayiannis, A., Rushworth, G. and Kerr, K. (2006), "The refrigerator safari", British Food Journal, Vol. 108 No. 6, pp. 487-494.

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