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ERIC Number: ED527336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-11
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Microbial Quality, Nutritional Knowledge and Food Hygienic Practices among Street Food Vendors
Gowri, B.; Vasantha Devi, K. P.; Sivakumar, M.
Online Submission
Since all categories of people from different socio-economic sectors purchase street foods; the street foods should not only be cheap but also hygienic and rich in nutrition. The investigators with their nutrition knowledge had an urge to study the nutrition knowledge of the vendors, whether the foods prepared are nutritionally sound or not?, are they preparing and serving food hygienically?, etc. Disease could be easily spread through food, water and the place of sales, how it is packed. etc.. and these questions made the investigators to take up this study. Hence, the investigators were interested to know the answers for the above said questions. To study the nutritional knowledge and food hygienic practices prevailing among the street food vendors, 200 vendors in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, India were selected by using purposely random sampling techniques. The investigators met the vendors and collected the details. Microbial analysis, food adulteration test were done for food samples. The street food vendors were poor in hygienic practices in food preparation, handling, serving and storing. They were also poor in their nutritional knowledge. This study implies the need for the following measures to be adopted for hygienic food preparation by the street vendors: license must be obtained by the street food vendors and the foods should be frequently inspected by the agencies; nutritionists should take charge of disseminating awareness on hygienic practices, nutrition and health so that it will help in the preparation of nutritious foods. (Contains 11 tables and 14 online resources.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India