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International Journal Of Horticulture, Agriculture And Food Science(IJHAF)

Food Safety Knowledge among Food Workers in Restaurants of Salalah Municipality in Sultanate of Oman

Magdi Ahmed Ali , Yassir Adam Shuaib , Hatim Hamad Ibrahaem , Siham Elias Suliman , Mohamed Abdelsalam Abdalla


International Journal of Horticulture, Agriculture and Food science(IJHAF), Vol-2,Issue-2, March - April 2018, Pages 1-6, 10.22161/ijhaf.2.2.1

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This survey was conducted from June to December 2012 in Salalah Municipality, Sultanate of Oman, to investigate the knowledge of restaurants workers about food safety-related issues. A total of questionnaire-guided interviews with 21restaurant workers and food handlers were carried out. Major food safety knowledge concepts including personal hygiene, prevention of cross contamination, general sanitation, safe storage of food, knowledge of health problems that would affect food safety, knowledge of symptoms of foodborne illnesses, and knowledge of important foodborne pathogens were investigated. The responses of interviewed workers varied considerably. In general, the workers had good knowledge about some food safety-related issues and not enough knowledge about other issues. Although the results of the questionnaire showed that the majorityof the food workers and handlers know the importance of washing hands before work and proper cleaning and handing of instruments and kitchen utensils and their role in reducing the risk of food contamination, in addition to their knowledge that eating and drinking at the work place increases the risk of food contamination, its observed that these workers do not practice that as a part of their routine work. Therefore, training programs are warranted together with continuous monitoring of the workers’ behavior and practices.

Food safety, knowledge, food workers, restaurants, Oman.

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