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Systematic mapping of food safety outbreaks in the hospitality sector in the Dominican Republic

Dileyni Diaz De Oleo (Department of Food, Land and Agribusiness Management, Harper Adams University, Newport, UK)
Lynn McIntyre (Department of Food, Land and Agribusiness Management, Harper Adams University, Newport, UK)
Nicola Randall (Department of Agriculture and Environment, Harper Adams University, Newport, UK)
Rounaq Nayak (Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University, Poole, UK)
Louise Manning (The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 25 April 2022

Issue publication date: 16 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The hospitality sector underpins the Dominican Republic's (DR) economy but may be a setting where foodborne disease outbreaks (FBDOs) can occur. The purpose of this research is to conduct a systematic mapping exercise on the available scientific literature related to FBDOs in hospitality in the DR and their link to reported food safety and hygienic practices.

Design/methodology/approach

A predefined search protocol applied the principles of PRISMA guidance. Publications (n = 2,793) from databases (e.g. Web of Science, PubMed) were identified and systematically selected for relevance. A full-text assessment based on the inclusion criteria led to the identification of a refined list of studies and academic publications (n = 22) included in this review. The descriptive analysis of the collated data is then presented graphically.

Findings

A low rate of reporting highlights a knowledge gap on FBDOs, the related food safety hazards and how they are mitigated by stakeholders and local health authorities in the DR. Improving government and other stakeholder capacity to report, investigate and understand FBDOs and the practices involved is essential.

Research limitations/implications

The research has implications for Government, businesses and public health officials and managers in the hospitality sector in the DR. A potential research limitation is that the search strategies could miss some relevant articles.

Practical implications

The findings provide a framing for improved risk analysis in implementing food safety management strategies for FBDOs.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first systematic mapping research assessing evidence of FBDOs affecting hospitality in the DR.

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Acknowledgements

The work is sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, Dominican Republic Government.

Citation

Diaz De Oleo, D., McIntyre, L., Randall, N., Nayak, R. and Manning, L. (2023), "Systematic mapping of food safety outbreaks in the hospitality sector in the Dominican Republic", British Food Journal, Vol. 125 No. 2, pp. 500-521. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-10-2021-1146

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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