Risk factors for salmonella food poisoning in the domestic kitchen--a case control study

Epidemiol Infect. 2002 Oct;129(2):277-85. doi: 10.1017/s0950268802007331.


Domestic kitchen food handling risk factors for sporadic salmonella food poisoning are largely unknown. We compared food consumption and food handling practices, opportunities for cross contamination and refrigerator temperature control, in 99 households in South East Wales in 1997/8 with a case of salmonella food poisoning, and control households matched for electoral ward. On univariate analyses, cases were significantly more likely than control respondents to have purchased free-range eggs in the preceding week, and more likely than control households to have handled frozen whole chicken in the previous week, and to handle raw chicken portions at least weekly. In multivariate analysis, only consumption of raw eggs and handling free-range eggs were significant risk factors, independent of the age structure of the family and of the season.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chickens
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Eggs
  • Female
  • Food Handling*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Factors
  • Salmonella / classification
  • Salmonella / isolation & purification
  • Salmonella Food Poisoning / epidemiology*
  • Salmonella Food Poisoning / etiology*
  • Seasons
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Wales / epidemiology