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Impact of food-borne illness on food safety concerns of international air travellers

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This study examines international air travellers' attitudes and perceptions of the importance of food safety, sources of information on food safety, and the value of a global grading system for food service establishments. A survey questionnaire was used to gather data from travellers at Changi International Airport, Singapore. Results indicated an increase in the reported incidence of food-borne illness occurring with increased frequency of travel. Friends who had travelled to the destination were considered the best source of food safety information. Travel plans were altered out of concern about food safety and the food safety reputation of the destination. Eighty per cent of respondents stated that they would benefit from a standardized food safety grading system for the world's eating establishments.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000000101297569

Affiliations: Actuarial Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, School of Accountancy and Business, # S3-B2A-05 Nanyang Avenue, Singapor

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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