A cross sectional study on food safety knowledge among adult consumers

Ruby, G.E. and Ungku Zainal Abidin, U.F. and Lihan, S. and Jambari, N.N. and Radu, S. (2019) A cross sectional study on food safety knowledge among adult consumers. Food Control, 99. pp. 98-105. ISSN 0956-7135

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the consumers’ food safety knowledge and its determinants. The analysis was based on data collected through a cross-sectional survey in East Malaysia, which described the knowledge about personal hygiene, foodborne disease symptoms, high-risk foods, cross-contamination, and temperature control held by Sibu-based consumers. Up to 99.5% of consumers correctly answered the question on hand hygiene in food handling. However, only 23.3% had a detailed knowledge of the temperature effect on bacterial growth in food. The level of food safety knowledge differed by gender, age, education level, number of children and food preparation frequency. The logistic regression model used for this data found a high level of food safety knowledge among tertiary graduates (OR = 42.26; 95% CI: 9.97, 179.06). It also highlighted the importance of food safety knowledge as an effort to control foodborne diseases (FBD), by focusing on consumer food handling in the home and how to extent the benefits of food safety education to the whole society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult consumer, Cross-sectional study, Food hygiene, Food safety knowledge, Foodborne disease, Logistic regression, UNIMAS, university, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 02:48
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 02:48
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/29919

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