Knowledge, attitudes and practices of food handlers on food safety in food service operations at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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This study was conducted to determine the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices of food handlers in food service operation at the main campus of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) regarding food safety. Data were collected from 112 food handlers through questionnaires which consisted of questions about knowledge, attitudes and practices. The results showed that there was significantly positive correlation among the three levels and respondents possess good scores for knowledge (19.68±3.87) about personal hygiene, foodborne diseases and temperature control of food; for attitudes (89.26±8.66) on safe food handling, and for practices (90.02±8.23), specifically for appropriate hand washing, use of gloves in food preparation and prevention of food hazards. About 73.2% of respondents never attend any training related to food safety and majority show poor knowledge of pathogens associated with disease-causing agents as well as critical temperatures for storage of ready-to-eat foods. Therefore, effective and ongoing training on food safety and hygiene must be given to all food service employees to ensure the safety of food provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
Number of pages8
JournalFood Control
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
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Food Safety
Malaysia
food safety
Food
Hygiene
hand washing
ready-to-eat foods
food sanitation
food preparation
etiological agents
Hand Disinfection
foodborne illness
Food Handling
Temperature
Foodborne Diseases
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Keywords

  • Attitudes and practices
  • Food handlers
  • Food safety
  • Food service operation
  • Knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Biotechnology

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Knowledge, attitudes and practices of food handlers on food safety in food service operations at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. / Abdullah Sani, Norrakiah; Siow, Oi Nee.

In: Food Control, Vol. 37, No. 1, 03.2014, p. 210-217.

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