Measuring domestic food safety: a review of the Index of Recommended Practice

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Hussey, David; Roberts, Caireen; Mcmanus, Sally
NatCen Social Research
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1 September 2016
Health Services
Social welfare
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The IRP asks about a range of food safety practices and includes questions like: do you check the fridge temperature, how do you tell that food has been reheated properly, do you check use by dates on food?

Food and You is the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) national survey of reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues. It provides data on the public's reported food purchasing, storage, preparation, consumption and factors that may affect these.

The FSA commissioned a peer review of the IRP in 2013, asking for feedback from both a qualitative and quantative perspective. This work aimed to review the suggestions generated by the peer review and make changes to the IRP.

This report outlines the recommendations from the peer review, the outcomes of deliberative workshops based on these, and the eventual changes made to IRP.