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Strengthening food control in a multi‐cultural society: Abu Dhabi food safety training initiatives

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)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

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 Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes presenting international food safety management challenges and solutions.

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 (n=40,862) with additional analysis of the performance of each question.

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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Citation

Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, H.E. and Taylor, E. (2011), "Strengthening food control in a multi‐cultural society: Abu Dhabi food safety training initiatives", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 3 No. 5, pp. 422-431. https://doi.org/10.1108/17554211111185791

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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