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FS1508: Food Safety and Cultural Norms: Using Cultural Assets to Innovate Practice

The Minneapolis Health Department, state departments of health and agriculture, and community-based partners teamed up to conduct focus groups with urban Somali and Latino residents. The presenters gained insight on why live animal markets, urban living conditions, community trust, beliefs and customs are pivotal factors in reducing foodborne illness. Attendees will be able to describe how understanding cultural assets can change the trajectory of outbreak prevention efforts and will be able to map and apply this approach in their communities.