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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2018) 47(4): 61–69

 

AN ASSESSMENT ON PRE- AND POST-FOOD HYGIENE

TRAINING ON FOOD SAFETY’S KAP LEVEL AMONG FOOD

HANDLERS IN KUALA TERENGGANU AND KUALA NERUS


SITI MURNIRAH CHE HAS, SITI NUR’ AFIFAH JAAFAR* and

TUAN ZAINAZOR TUAN CHILEK


School of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu,

21030, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

*E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Accepted 23 August 2018, Published online 25 October 2018


ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to examine food handlers’ knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) on food safety before and after food hygiene training. Study involved hundred food handlers who attended food hygiene training course in five training schools around Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus district. The food safety KAP (n=100) was assessed using questionnaire before and after training course. The data were analysed using the SPSS version 22.0. There were improvements in food handlers’ food safety knowledge score after training. However, improvements were noted for certain areas of food safety although most food handlers had attended food hygiene training course before. The areas were foodborne pathogens, foodborne disease symptoms, personal hygiene, sanitation and food handling. In general, food handlers had positive attitudes towards food safety and excellent scores of food safety practices were recorded. There was no significant difference for food safety attitude scores before and after food hygiene training. A statistically significant difference in knowledge and practice scores of food handlers before and after attending food hygiene training was discovered. In conclusion, food hygiene training had significantly given improvement on food handlers’ food safety knowledge and practice, but not attitudes.

Key words: Food safety, attitudes, knowledge, practices, food handler

 

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