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Food Safety Comic Book

Food Safety Comic Book

FOOD SAFETY, ALL WRAPPED UP IN A COMIC BOOK

In response to research that showed gaps in food safety knowledge among restaurant handlers, AIDS patients, and African Americans of low socioeconomic status, Dr. Mark Dworkin wanted to find an alternative to a standard brochure that could be overlooked. He decided on comic books, which are currently being produced in English and Spanish, and distributed to thousands of restaurant workers around Chicagoland. Comic books are also being created for AIDS patients, to raise their awareness of food safety.

"Foodborne illness disproportionally affects the African-American
community due to a large percentage of this population living below the
poverty level and holiday food preferences that may include pork
chitterlings. A culturally appropriate and attractive photonovella
targeting African Americans of low socioeconomic status was developed and
tested as part of a food safety intervention study funded by the USDA.
This photonovella is now available for dissemination at clinics serving
such vulnerable communities in the Chicago area.

Link to photonovella here

http://www.uic.edu/sph/downloads/cms-downloads/eohs/AA-photnovella-Draft_091112.pdf

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