Subbulakshmi G, Dr.S.Ramesh Kumar, Dr.G.Padma Parvathy




The aim of the present study is to examine the awareness, attitudes and knowledge related to food safety among rural consumers who have primary responsibility for food preparation at home. Home interviews of 529 randomly selected house holders representing two districts in southern district of Tamil Nadu. Majority of the respondents were aware about the damaged food items. Most of the respondents did not know the correct temperature of the refrigerator. The study found that there is no significant difference among different educated levels of consumers towards food safety knowledge. No significant effect among the joint and nuclear family in executing food safety practices. All other determinations concerning awareness of food safety knowledge and practices are presented and discussed. Consumer education should be the focus in order to reduce food borne diseases. Education material regarding awareness of quality marks and refrigerator temperature practice should be available to the general public.


Key words: Food safety awareness and attitude, food safety practices.



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