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Degree Name

MSEH (Master of Science in Environmental Health)


Environmental Health

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Vincent Sikora

Committee Members

Creg S. Bishop, Donald Shemwell


Numerous Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks have been associated with fast food restaurants. This research created a computer model and simulation with the Micrografx computer software program Process™ for the safe handling of ground beef patties and lettuce in a typical fast food restaurant.

A reference facility was visited to obtain a text description of the flow of food. To create the model, a process diagram was made that graphically represented the series of steps that were taken from the arrival of products to the delivery of the cooked and assembled product to the consumer. A process model was created when the steps in the process diagram was assigned behaviors. The final phase was process simulation.

The simulation results indicated the model was representative of a typical fast-food restaurant. The model was then used successfully to simulate three potential breakdowns of the food safety system that could lead to a foodborne illness outbreak.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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