KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF PERSONAL HYGIENE, CLEANING AND SANITATION DURING FOOD PROCESSING
Prabhusaran N.*, Manivannan L., Pramila M. and Prabhakar Y. K.
This is a descriptive cross sectional study that evaluates the knowledge, attitude and practices of personal hygiene, sanitation and cleaning of the food handlers in their food processing units or places in Tiruchirapalli, Pudukkottai and Karur districts of Tamilnadu, India. The detailed data was collected in 2018 by recruiting 236 food handlers, The recruiters were asked with 50 questions related with three major parts including knowledge on food safety, attitude towards food safety and food hygiene practices. Majority of the respondents were between the age group of 35 – 50 years and male population are higher than female. Most of the food handlers are not having good knowledge in the food safety including personal hygiene, sanitation and cleaning procedures. The attitude towards the food safety also observed lesser due to their lethargy in handing food substrates. In most of the places the practice towards the microbial control are less practiced thus need more training and guidelines towards it. All the three aspects were included in this study thereby based on the observation and interpretation; an appropriate recommendation will be made to overcome the problems revealed from this study.
Keywords: Food processing unit, Food handlers, hygiene, sanitation, cleaning.
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