The purpose of this project was to discover what kind of outbreaks of the five major foodborne illnesses (Shiga-toxin producing E. coli 0157:H7, Shigella, Hepatitis A, Salmonella typhii, and Norovirus) have arisen in Kentucky. The research focused on food hygiene practices within restaurants, supermarkets, and along the pathway of food from the farm to the table. The process for discovering the outbreaks is through research on the internet and through books. So far, numerous food-borne illness outbreaks have been found in Kentucky. Conclusions that can be drawn from this research are that better hygiene practices need to be followed and people need to take time when preparing food. The importance of this project is it helps show how important food hygiene is to the populations’ health. A practical application is people can use it to learn about major food-borne illnesses and prevention.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


Donald G. Brown

Mentor Department Affiliation

Environmental Health Science

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Environmental Health Science