Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Street Food Vendors Towards Food Safety and Hygiene in Ilala Municipality

Mlay, Reginald S. (2018) Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Street Food Vendors Towards Food Safety and Hygiene in Ilala Municipality. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This descriptive cross sectional study was done to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of street food vendors towards food safety and hygiene in Ilala Municipality. A total of 385 street food vendors were involved in this study and out of them 90% were female. The results also indicated that the food vending industry engage largely the active group, 20-30 years. In addition majority of them (68.6%) had no formal training on food safety, which is important for the consumer safe guarding. Furthermore, it was justified that 40% of food vendors ware not aware of cross contamination, improper cooking and lack of cleaning and sanitizing equipment lead to food borne illnesses. About 3.6% of the street vendors were completely ignorant of all possible source of food contamination. In terms of food safety knowledge, the majority of food vendors (96.4%) were aware that poor or lack of hand washing and engagement of sick people in food handling (70.4%) could lead to food borne illnesses; that they ware only partially and not completely ignorant of the very basic food hygienic practices. The results also indicate that the majority of food vendors could identify only 5 sources of food contamination out of eleven possible sources of food contamination. Despite the vendors positive altitude on food safety practices including hand washing it was physically observed that more than half (59.2%) did not have hand washing facilities, only 28.1% had access to portable water and 43% of the vendors did not wash their hands after toilet visit. The result generally indicates that attitude is contrary to the practice and more needs to be done to enhance food safety knowledge insisting the culture of good food safety practices.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Divisions: Faculty of Sciences Technology and Environmental Studies > Department of Environmental Studies
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 08:04
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 08:04

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