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A cross sectional study on food safety knowledge among adult consumers


Ruby, Genevie Eleanor and Ungku Zainal Abidin, Ungku Fatimah and Lihan, Samuel and Jambari, Nuzul Noorahya and Radu, Son (2019) A cross sectional study on food safety knowledge among adult consumers. Food Control, 99. pp. 98-105. ISSN 0956-7135


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, food borne 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 food borne 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.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2018.12.045
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Food safety knowledge; Food hygiene; Foodborne disease; Adult consumer; Logistic regression; Cross-sectional study
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2021 00:48
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2021 00:48
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/80405
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