Evaluation of Flour Handling Behaviors in Egg Noodle Online Video Streaming and Blog Recipes- Tressie Barrett and Yaohua Feng

The internet, an important communication platform, enables consumers to share recipes and food preparation techniques. Unscreened videos and blogs could promote improper food handling techniques of high-risk ingredients, like flour. Flour has been recalled 15 times since 2018 for containing pathogens. The objective of this study was to evaluate food safety information and flour handling techniques demonstrated in popular videos and blogs using flour-based egg noodles, a commonly sold home-based vendor product, as an example. Videos and blogs were identified on YouTube and Alexa Internet using keyword searches. Forty-seven videos and 17 blogs were coded for flour handling behaviors adherence to FDA food safety recommendations. We found that videos and blogs provided few food safety recommendations. YouTube video hosts demonstrated mishandled flour, creating potential for cross-contamination events. High-risk ingredient mishandling and scarcity of food safety recommendations in popular recipes demonstrates the need to develop strategies to improve the accuracy and quantity of food safety messages in online recipes.

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