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Ensuring safe food handling

 

We are investigating the transmission risks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria between animals and humans in Switzerland. In addition, we are testing intervention approaches intended to sensitise consumers to handle their food safely.

​ Project description (ongoing research project)

Consumers are exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through animal contact (e.g. through food consumption and by taking care of pets). We are developing intervention approaches intended to sensitise consumers to the need to act safely. As a first step, we are creating a risk map showing the transmission routes between animals and humans. We will then interview end-consumers, veterinarians and farmers to reveal their perceptions of the risks in question. This will enable us to identify existing knowledge gaps and highlight the areas, where an intervention is needed. Finally, we will test how various intervention approaches influence consumers’ food handling.

Background

There are virtually no tested methods that propagate safe food handling and protect against antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Furthermore, there is currently little clarity as to which transmission routes such measures should target in order to maximise risk reduction.

Aim

We are creating a risk map showing the transmission routes for antibiotic-resistant bacteria between animals and humans. We will then use this map as a basis for developing interventions that will sensitise consumers to the key risks and make them aware of suitable prevention measures.

Relevance

Our findings will provide a basis for identifying and evaluating transmission risks between animals and humans. They will also indicate decision makers which possible intervention approaches have been tested and can be applied in practice.

Original title

Developing an evidence-based intervention for consumers to reduce the risk of multiple antimicrobial resistance transmission pathways

Project leaders

  • Dr. Vivianne Visschers, Hochschule für Angewandte Psychologie, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Olten
  • Dr. Manon Schuppers, SAFOSO AG, Liebefeld

 

 

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Dr. Vivianne Visschers Hochschule für Angewandte Psychologie
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
Riggenbachstrasse 16 4600 Olten +41 62 957 24 36 vivianne.visschers@fhnw.ch