Temperatures, cleanliness and food storage practises in domestic refrigerators in Serbia, Belgrade
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Baltić, Milan Ž.
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Consumers knowledge about proper household practises during food handling and storage are deemed insufficient. Therefore, the aim of our study was to investigate the conditions of food storage in refrigerators (temperature, hygienic and storage conditions) and consumer knowledge about good practises. This study included 100 households from the Belgrade area. All participants were interviewed using a standardized questionnaire. The internal temperature of refrigerators was measured at three points: the top and bottom shelves and the refrigerator door. The average temperature in the refrigerators was 9.3 degrees C. The average temperature recorded in the refrigerator doors was significantly higher (P<0.01) than temperatures recorded on the top or bottom shelves. The age and design of refrigerators, and potential heat source near refrigerator can impact the refrigerator temperature. In 50% of the surveyed refrigerators, food storage practises were incorrect. More than a half (56%) of the ...surveyed consumers were aware of the recommended refrigerator temperature, but measured temperature in their refrigerators was considerably higher. The results from our study indicate that knowledge of recommended behaviour about good food safety practise do not always translate into practise in the home.
Keywords:Consumers' knowledge / refrigeration / cleanliness / food storage practises
Source:International Journal of Consumer Studies, 2016, 40, 3, 276-282
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