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Hygiene intervention reduces contamination of weaning food in Bangladesh.
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PMID:  23279860     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to measure the impact of a hygiene intervention on the contamination of weaning food in Bangladesh. METHODS: Sixty households were selected: 30 study and 30 control households. Samples of weaning food were collected from all the 60 households at baseline and examined for faecal coliforms (FC), faecal streptococci (FS) and Clostridium perfringens (CP) following standard procedures. After cooking, food samples were collected on three occasions before feeding. Following Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures, critical control points were determined. The mothers in the 30 study households were then trained for 4 weeks in how to attain the control point conditions. Then, again the food samples were collected and analysed. RESULTS: At baseline, weaning foods from study and control households were heavily contaminated with FC and FS. The FC and FS counts were 1.84 log(10) and 1.92 log(10) colony-forming unit (cfu)/g, respectively, in the study households, and 0.86 log(10) and 1.33 log(10)  cfu/g, respectively, in the control households in the first feeding. After the intervention, the FC and FS counts in study households had dropped to 0.10 log(10) and 0.09 log(10)  cfu/g, respectively, a statistically significant reduction (P < 0.001). Monitoring the sustainability of the behaviour change after 3 months showed that the mothers were maintaining food hygiene. CONCLUSIONS: A hygiene intervention following the HACCP approach reduced the weaning food contamination significantly. Awareness building among mothers about weaning food hygiene could be an important intervention for preventing weaning food-related diarrhoea in Bangladesh.
Mohammad Sirajul Islam; Zahid Hayat Mahmud; Partha Sarathi Gope; Rokon Uz Zaman; Zakir Hossain; Mohammad Shafiqul Islam; Dinesh Mondal; Mohammad Abu Yushuf Sharker; Khairul Islam; Hasin Jahan; Abbas Bhuiya; Hubert P Endtz; Alejandro Cravioto; Valerie Curtis; Ousmane Touré; Sandy Cairncross
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-3156     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-1-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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