Assessing Food Hygiene Knowledge and Practice of On-Campus Food Handler During Pandemic COVID-19

Nur Afif Nabilah Abu Bakar, Norhidayah Abdullah, Norhayati Mat Yusoff @ Mohd Yusof, Noriza Ishak
2021 International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences  
Foodservice outlet in universities is the main dining platform for students and it creates a high dependency on the food sold in campus. However, episodes of food poisoning in Malaysia are still occurring in universities and colleges due to improper practices among food handlers. The concern arises when the students are exposed to the risk of foodborne illness. Therefore, this study aims to assess the relationship between knowledge, attitude, and practice of food safety and hygiene among food
more » ... ndlers at foodservice outlets in five campuses in Selangor. A crosssectional study was conducted among 90 food handlers who met the criteria set in this study. The data gathered were analysed using SPSS software version 24. Food handlers shown good knowledge towards food hygiene but slightly poor in association to time and temperature control as well as cross contamination while even though shown good attitude and hygiene practice. Weak and positive correlations were observed for knowledge and practice, and knowledge and attitude whereby attitude and practice resulted in moderate positive correlation. Further analysis through linear regression proved that attitude mediated the relationship between knowledge and practice on food safety and hygiene. The finding of this study may help in monitoring and improving the knowledge, attitude, and practice of food safety and hygiene among food handlers. Thus, it reduces the risk of food contamination and foodborne diseases.
doi:10.6007/ijarbss/v10-i12/8617 fatcat:uq5g6bf3c5hefb7shwbnrckchu