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YOUNG, I et al. Knowledge and attitudes towards food safety and reported use of good production practices among a sample of cattle producers in Santa Fe, Argentina. Arch. med. vet. [online]. 2012, vol.44, n.3, pp.225-235. ISSN 0301-732X.

On-farm implementation of good production practices (GPP) and effective translation of food safety knowledge to food-animal producers are recommended to achieve a safer food supply. A pilot study was conducted during 2009-2010 to assess the knowledge and attitudes towards food safety and reported use of GPp among a sample of 930 cattle producers in Santa Fe, Argentina. A response percentage of 31.8% (n = 296) was obtained. Several respondents indicated that they rarely or never isolate sick cattle (25.8%), keep records of diseases (32.5%) or antimicrobial use (43.3%), and ensure that farm visitors and employees, respectively, wash their hands (79.2% and 31.2%) and wear protective clothing (79.0% and 31.3%). Respondents' median use of 13 GPp was calculated and evaluated in a multivariable ordinal regression model. Previous training in food safety (OR = 2.59), often (OR= 5.89) or always (OR= 6.33) discussing food safety with the veterinarian, and being a dairy producer compared to cow-calf producer (OR= 3.86) were associated with a higher median use of GPP. Approximately 40% of the total variation in respondents' median use of GPp was attributable to veterinarians, indicating that they should have an important role in the education of cattle producers about food safety in Santa Fe. These preliminary results should be used to inform future research and decision-making about food safety and GPp in cattle production in Argentina.

Palavras-chave : knowledge; attitudes; practices; cattle producer.

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