The evidence of microbiological presence in food premises: a comparison between Hulu Langat and Sepang district of Selangor Darul Ehsan / Halid Ayob

Ayob, Halid (2018) The evidence of microbiological presence in food premises: a comparison between Hulu Langat and Sepang district of Selangor Darul Ehsan / Halid Ayob. [Student Project] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study was performed to verify the presence of microbes that contributes to food poisoning in Hulu Langat and Sepang district, to determine the presence of three pathogenic bacteria and to identify the level of knowledge, attitude and practice of food handlers on safety of handling and preparing food.
Material and methods. This study was conducted in 20 selected premises involved directly in food poisoning incidents in Selangor 2011. 10 premises selected each in the district of Sepang and Hulu Langat. Collection of 10 food samples, 10 hand and 10 environmental swabs from each district done. All specimens were tested for Salmonella sp, E coli and Staphylococcus aureus growth. The time of food preparation and duration, the storage, cooking and display temperature were also recorded. Simultaneously 3 food handlers were selected in each premise to answer questionnaire regarding knowledge, attitude and practice towards safety of food handling. Nationality, education level, training and vaccine status of the respondents were obtained.
Results. In Hulu Langat, all tested bacteria detected consistently in 50% of food sample, 60% of hand and 46.6% environmental swab as compared to 3.3% in food, 13.3% hand and 13.3% of environmental swab in Sepang. In Hulu Langat, 50% of the food handlers have no education, 53.3% are Indonesian, 66. 7% was not trained, 63.3% not vaccinated, 32.4% knowledge level, 35.6% positive attitude and only 34.4% practising safety. In Sepang, the majority of respondents reached SPM level, 73.3% are Malaysian, 70% undergo training and 70% vaccinated, 62.4% knowledgeable, 72.2% positive attitude and 63% practising safety.
Conclusion. Salmonella spp, E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus has been detected using the microbiological test in food samples, hand swab of food handlers and swabs from the chopping board. These microbes are more likely to cause food poisoning in consumers. It is also proven that the mean storage temperature which is lower in Hulu Langat district also contributes to higher food samples with microbial growth compared to Sepang.

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Item Type: Student Project
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Ayob, Halid
2008254464
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Abd Rahman, Nasaruddin
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Environmental health. Including sewage disposal, air pollution, nuisances, water supply
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Food and food supply in relation to public health
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety
Item ID: 44154
Uncontrolled Keywords: microbes ,food handler, knowledge, attitude, practice
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/44154

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