Suparnna V P, S Amrutha, Nisha Sharma, Anisha Abraham, Reji RK, Geetha R
Abstract: A quantitative non experimental descriptive study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude regarding food hygiene among food handlers of a tertiary care hospital in Lucknow The sample consisted of 50 which comprised of food handlers involved in cooking and distribution of food in cook houses/kitchen of tertiary care hospital. Non probability convenient sampling method was used. The tool used was interview schedule with Questionnaire which consisted of three part, section A with the socio demographic data, Age, Gender, Educational qualification Trade/occupation &Years of experience, Section B about the knowledge regarding food hygiene among food handlers and Section C on Likert scale for the assessment of attitude of food handlers towards food hygeine.Study findings revealed that majority 26 (52 %} were belonging to the age group of 21-30 yrs. males were more in number than females ie 31 (62 %) and 19 (38 %} respectively. Almost 19 (38 %) had education up to >10+2 above.Majority24 (48 %) of their trade was food distributers. 17 (34 %) had food handling experience of 5 yrs and below. Almost 22 (44 %) had very good knowledge only very few 11 (22 %) had excellent knowledge score and 07 (14 %) had average knowledge level. 48 % (24) of the respondents had excellent attitude regarding food hygiene.36 % (23) of them had very good attitude and 10 % (5) had average attitude level regarding food hygiene and its practices. A very few. 6 % of the subjects were with poor attitude.Though the attitude level of food hygiene among the subjects were good but more emphasis is required for the improvement of knowledge level of the subjects.48 % (24) of the respondents had excellent attitude regarding food hygiene.36 % (23) of them had very good attitude and 10 % (5) had average attitude level regarding food hygiene and its practices.
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, food hygiene, foodhandlers