A Study of Food Handlers in Public Food Establishments in Maharashtra, India
International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

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Research Paper | Medicine Science | India | Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2014

A Study of Food Handlers in Public Food Establishments in Maharashtra, India

Dr. Prabhu P. M., Dr. Shah R. S.

OBJECTIVES: To study socio-demographic profile, health status and level of hygiene in food handlers. METHODS: The present cross sectional study was carried out among 70 food handlers working in public food establishments in Miraj. The food establishments were selected by a randomized sampling technique. From each hotel 5 participants were selected randomly. The handlers were assessed for their socio-demographic profile using a questionnaire interview method. General examination was done on the participant to assess the health status. RESULTS: It was found that majority of food handlers in the age group of 15-30 years (68 %), Male (79 %), Hindus (92 %). 90 % of the food handlers had education level of less than 10th standard or were illiterate. 20 % of the food handlers reported some form of infection or disease. CONCLUSION: The study showed that majority of food handlers were from within the state (80 %) and predominantly males of the productive age group. Since there were low education levels among the handlers there is a probability that they have poor knowledge of food safety measures. The study showed that the most common diseases among the food handlers were respiratory illnesses.

Keywords: Food Handlers, Hygiene, Food safety, Health status, Public food establishments

Edition: Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2014

Pages: 1485 - 1489

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Dr. Prabhu P. M., Dr. Shah R. S., "A Study of Food Handlers in Public Food Establishments in Maharashtra, India", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=20141315, Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2014, 1485 - 1489

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