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Journal of Food Technology Research

June 2020, Volume 7, 1, pp 59-68

An Assessment of Food Hygiene Practices among Food Vendors in Some Selected Basic Schools in the Birim Central Municipality

Esther Korkor Djidjor

,

Jerry Worlanyo Ohene-Asah

,

Ibrahim Nshinmi Iddrisu

,

Joanna-Dzeagu Kudjodji

Esther Korkor Djidjor 1

Jerry Worlanyo Ohene-Asah 2
Ibrahim Nshinmi Iddrisu 3
Joanna-Dzeagu Kudjodji 4

  1. Methodist College of Education, Asene Aboaboa Oda, Ghana. 1

  2. Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education, Abetifi, Kwahu, Ghana. 2

  3. Tamale College of Education, Tamale, Ghana. 3

  4. Presbyterian Women’s College of Education, Aburi Akuapem, Ghana. 4

Pages: 59-68

DOI: 10.18488/journal.58.2020.71.59.68

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Article History:

Received: 15 January, 2020
Revised: 18 February, 2020
Accepted: 24 March, 2020
Published: 20 April, 2020


Abstract:

The study assessed food hygiene practices of food vendors in some selected basic schools in Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region-Ghana. A case study approach was used for this research. Questionnaire and an interview guide were the two main instruments used in the data collection. The study was conducted in Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana and the large group was the basic schools. Random sampling technique was used to select basic 15 schools for the study. The list of names of all schools in the Municipality was collected from the Ghana Education Service (GES) office. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics, frequencies, ranges and prevalence rates of the study variables. It was found out that most of the vendors (92.3%) had low level of education but this did not affect their food hygiene practices. Also, majority of the vendors (91.39%) were found not to have storage facilities for uncooked food items. It was recommended that in-service training on food safety should be organized for food vendors on regular bases to improve on their food safety skills by their supervisors.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature by examining the food hygiene practices among food vendors in selected basic schools in Brim Central Municipality.

Keywords:

Food hygiene practices, Food vendors, Hand washing, Basic schools, Food service providers, Food safety.

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Funding:

This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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