TitleFood sanitation practices in restaurants of Ramallah and Al-Bireh district of Palestine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAl-Khatib, A, Al-Mitwalli, SM
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedJul-Aug
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number20187547
Keywords*Food Handling/methods/statistics & numerical data, *Food Inspection/methods/statistics & numerical data, *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, *Restaurants/statistics & numerical data, 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/epidemiology, Urban Population

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.