Foodborne illness outbreaks have measurable public health effects and often lead to negative produce industry impacts. Reducing loss following a crisis event requires a management plan, although many fresh produce industry members don't have one. Evidence-based workshops using a role-play simulated outbreak were delivered to impact crisis management preparation. A self-reported pre-assessment demonstrated that 21% of participants had a crisis management plan in place prior to attendance, with 79% who employed GAPs. Following the role-play scenario, there was a significant increase in participants' perception of the likelihood of microbial contamination with their product and an increase in crisis planning activities.
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Kreske, A., Ducharme, D., Gunter, C., Phister, T., & Chapman, B. (2013). Using Role-Play to Enhance Foodborne Illness Crisis Management Capacity in the Produce Industry. The Journal of Extension, 51(5), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.05.14