Food Safety And Hygiene Among Consumers And Street Vendors

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1 a) Comment on how clear the aims of the study were. Thilde et al explored perceptions of food safety and hygiene among consumers and street vendors in Kumasi, Ghana. Their objective of the study was to understand [or develop a grounded theory of values and how street food vendors and consumers perceive and prioritise food safety when preparing, choosing and consuming street food.” The study described how during the development of their theories they identified several ‘risk avoidance strategies’ by customers, figure 1, based on superficial rather than food safety reasoning and consumers and vendors had basic food safety knowledge which did not include basic hygiene practices . Figure 1 Consumer Street food selection criteria identified during the study The study’s report focused on food safety practices to inform the inclusion of important food safety aspects for future public health interventions concerning street food safety. The researchers discussed background literature with regards to “street food being a concern to public health since safe food handling can be difficult to practice at street level” especially in economically deprived areas such as Kumasi. It was deemed necessary to investigate perceptions of food quality within a wider social and cultural setting as food is symbolic in everyday life. b) Do you believe a qualitative approach was appropriate for this study? This study was a very human endeavour as people cannot be separated from food

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