EHS-Net Partners - San Mateo County
The County of San Mateo Health Department was an EHS-Net practice partner working on a food practice project in FY 2010-2015.
Improve Restaurant Chicken Handling Practices
The project focused on improving restaurants’ raw chicken handling practices to help reduce the county’s high Campylobacter infection rates. San Mateo staff developed training kits to help restaurant operators train employees on safe handling of raw chicken. They provided these kits to 500 restaurants. San Mateo staff also assessed restaurant chicken handling practices in restaurants that did and did not receive these training kits. They assessed these practices both before and after the kits were provided.
Restaurants that received the training kits showed increased use of thermometers to verify chicken cooking temperatures, compared to restaurants that did not receive the training kits.
For this project, San Mateo
- conducted interviews with people who got sick with Campylobacter infection to learn more about who is affected and why,
- developed training materials to help restaurant operators train employees on safe handling of raw chicken, and
- authored a Journal of Environmental Health article describing tools to improve raw chicken handling at restaurants [PDF – 485 KB]
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