Food safety knowledge of street food vendors in downtown Amman-Jordan
  • Article Type: Research Article
  • Eurasian Journal of Biosciences, 2020 - Volume 14 Issue 2, pp. 3601-3606
  • Published Online: 26 Sep 2020
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Abstract

Background: Foods that are prepared and sold and in the street can be defined as street food, such food still a weak point in food safety, despite street foods provide people with a convenient meal with low cost, they are associated with many food poisoning outbreaks. Methods: A total of 120 street vendors participated in this study during the period from May to August 2019. Structured written questionnaires were developed according to the Jordan of Food and Drug Administration street food safety code of practice (JFDA, 2007a). The questionnaire consists from two parts; the first part was designed to collect demographic data about the respondents, the second part used to evaluate food safety knowledge and attitudes of vendors. Results: In our study, it was found that 48.3% of food vendors had not received any food safety training courses, and 67.5% had experienced years below 3 years. The mean food safety knowledge score for street food vendors was 54 points, which indicated insufficient knowledge in food safety. street food vendors had weak understanding of food safety attitudes with total mean score 53.2±11. Conclusions: Street food vendor training should be given first priority to improve the safety of street food.

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