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The sanitary conditions of food service establishments and food safety knowledge and practices of food handlers in bahir dar town.
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PMID:  22984329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Lack of basic infrastructure, poor knowledge of hygiene and practices in food service establishments can contribute to outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The aims of this study were to investigate the food safety knowledge and practices of food handlers and to assess the sanitary conditions of food service establishments in Bahir Dar town.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Bahir Dar in May 2011 and data were collected using questionnaire and observation checklist on employees' knowledge of food hygiene and their practices as well on sanitary conditions of the food service establishments
RESULTS: The median age of the food handlers was 22 years and among the 455 subjects 99 (21.8%) have had food hygiene training. Sixty six percent of the establishments had flush toilets whereas 5.9% of the establishment had no toilet. Only 149 (33.6%) of the establishments had a proper solid waste collection receptacle and there was statistically significant association between the sanitary conditions and license status of the establishments (p=0.01). Most of all, knowledge gap in food hygiene and handling practice was observed. In addition, there was statistically significant difference between trained (professional) handlers and non-trained handlers with regard to food hygiene practices (p<0.05). While more than 50% of the handlers prepare meals ahead of the peak selling time, more than 50% of the left over was poorly managed.
CONCLUSION: This study revealed poor sanitary conditions and poor food hygiene practices of handlers. Educational programs targeted at improving the attitude of food handlers and licensing and regular inspections have been recommended.
Mulugeta Kibret; Bayeh Abera
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ethiopian journal of health sciences     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1029-1857     ISO Abbreviation:  Ethiop J Health Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-17     Completed Date:  2012-09-18     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101224773     Medline TA:  Ethiop J Health Sci     Country:  Ethiopia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-35     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Biology, Science College, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
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