Food safety and Information Literacy

Grilled food and corn cobs in oval pan


However we celebrate July 4, food will play a role in our festivities.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Food Safety Page has  tips for safe food handling.

Scientists publish studies about food safety.    For example Gogou, Katsaros, Derens, Alvarez, and Taokis (2015) look at temperature control as food gets to market.  While such studies are useful to scientists, the government website better meets the needs of the average consumer.

The two are not mutually exclusive.   Consumer information can be based on scholarship.  The end products simply serve different needs.  The ACRL’s Information Creation as a Process frame mentions “the fit between an information product’s creation process and a particular information need” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 14).  Have a safe and happy 4th!


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

Gogou, E., Katsaros, G., Derens, E., Alvarez, G., & Taoukis, P. S. (2015). Cold chain database
development and application as a tool for the cold chain management and food quality evaluation. International Journal of Refrigeration, 25, 109–121.


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