International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Survey Paper | Community Medicine | India | Volume 13 Issue 6, June 2024 | Rating: 4.9 / 10

Survey Paper on Assessment of Knowledge Regarding Storage of Food and Water in Plastic Containers

Gowri M Mudaliar | Sudha [208]

Abstract: Introduction: Nowadays Disposable Plastic Containers have become the conventional commodity used everyday in the various avenues of our lives. Regardless of their cost - effective nature, easy accessibility, convenient transportation and easy maintenance and disposal, the indiscriminate use of them is matter of prime concern. The inappropriate use of these containers may lead to the leaching of various chemicals from plastic, such as bisphenol A, phthalate, and styrene, which cause myriad of detrimental health effects. This survey aimed to assess the knowledge, toward using plastic for food and drinks among a sample of the villagers of Dadupur, Banthra, Uttarpradesh. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was designed based on scientific literature to assess the knowledge, towards the use of plastic for food and drinks. A total of 120 family?s representative participants were recruited by employing the convenience sampling technique. Results: More than half of the participants (54.84%) had poor knowledge scores, whereas 44.16% were aware about the food grade plastics. The majority (77.5%) were occasional and (22.5%) frequent plastic users.45.83% people are aware about the fact that use of non - food grade plastic causes cancer and 54.16% People are not having any idea about the same. Only 9.16% are aware about the resin identification code and 90.83% people are not aware about it. 10.8% people use plastic containers to serve or consume hot food stuffs and 89.16% people do not use them. Higher educational level, gender (men), and rural residence were predictors of good participants knowledge. Conclusion: The larger part of the participant families had only rudimentary knowledge regarding the health risk of plastic usage; this modest score indicates informational abyss that can help orchestrate prospective upgrades. This inadequate knowledge hampers the people in adopting healthy choices as consumers and use safe alternatives. The study calls for public awareness programs about safe plastic use and the related health hazards of plastic chemicals. The survey further emphasizes upon the earnest need for a fraternization between health authorities and the plastic and food service industry to assure that information about appropriate plastic use is communicated to clientele.

Keywords: plastic containers, knowledge, survey

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 6, June 2024,

Pages: 1859 - 1862

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