Awareness and Knowledge about Food Spoilage and Principles of Food Preservation among Saudi Women in JeddahAmal Bakr Shori*
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Amal Bakr Shori
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 06, 2017; Accepted date: April 01, 2017; Published date: April 07, 2017
Citation: Shori AB (2017) Awareness and Knowledge about Food Spoilage and Principles of Food Preservation among Saudi Women in Jeddah . J Food Microbiol Saf Hyg 2:120. doi: 10.4172/2476-2059.1000120
Copyright: © 2017 Shori AB. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Food spoilage can be defined as any sensory change of the food which becomes harmful to consumers and unsuitable to eat. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to discover the degree of awareness and understanding about food spoilage and preservation among Saudi women in Jeddah. Questionnaires were developed and distributed among female students (n=110) in King Abdul-Aziz University. The data were used to conduct frequency analysis. The results demonstrated that 84.6% (1.8 ± 1.0) of respondents agreed that foods spoiled by the action of microorganisms in soil, air, and water. In addition, over 90% of respondents have shown agreement on the effect of temperature on the foods spoilage, food poisoning occurs when consuming foods contaminated with bacteria or viruses and food drying is a method of food preservation. In addition, above 50% of the respondents have knowledge about eggs preservation and the practices when seeing mold on both hard and soft fruits and vegetables. Additionally, respondents have agreed (~50%) that meat should be stored from 3-5 days in the fridge. Respondents of 81.3% have agreed that dry grain stored at cool temperatures can safely increase the shelf-life. Overall, there was a high ratio of awareness among the Saudi women about the food spoilage and preservation.