Journal Article

Food sanitation practices in restaurants of Ramallah and Al-Bireh district of Palestine

2009
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Abstract

Safe handling of food in restaurants is a basic element in the reduction of foodborne illness. We investigated knowledge and practices about food safety by food-handlers in restaurants in Ramallah and Al-Bireh district of Palestine. A high proportion of workers in the restaurants had no previous experience in other restaurants and 63.4% had received no training on food sanitation and safety. Most of the restaurants in the refugee camps, villages and towns had only 1 worker. Restaurants lacked basic conditions for food sanitation and safety, such as hot water in most and cleaning materials in some. Many workers had poor personal hygiene practices. Training is needed for restaurant owners and staff to improve food handling practices and standards.

Year
2009
Language
English
Date Published
Jul-Aug
Volume
15
Pages
951-8
Accession Number
20187547
ISBN Number
1020-3397 (Print)1020-3397 (Linking)
Journal Name
East Mediterr Health J
Keywords
Food Handling
Methods
statistics & numerical data
Food Inspection
Health Knowledge
Attitudes
Practice
Restaurants
Adolescent
Adult
Attitude to Health
Educational Status
Foodborne Diseases
prevention & control
Handwashing
Humans
Hygiene
Education
Middle East
epidemiology
Needs Assessment
Protective Clothing
utilization
Questionnaires
Refugees
Safety Management
Organization & administration
Smoking
Urban Population