Extension materials that are sensitive to changing demographics and culture increase relevance and compliance with food safety practices. Produce safety extension materials were developed for U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) produce growers to help with compliance with a new food safety rule. We developed employee training materials based on a needs assessment and behavioral change was evaluated six months after dissemination. The original materials were not seen as culturally appropriate but after modifications, improvements in food safety practices and behavior changes were observed. These results suggest that extension educators should seek feedback from target populations about potential interventions before implementation.
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Nabwiire, L., Shaw, A. M., Nonnecke, G. R., Minner, D. D., Johnsen, E., & Petersen, L. E. (2022). Cultural Sensitivity: A Requirement When Developing Food Safety Interventions. The Journal of Extension, 60(1), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.01.04