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Knowledge, Attitude And Practice Of Street Food Vendors In Selected Schools Within Bo City Southern Sierra Leone

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P.T. Lamin-Boima



Five (5) Keys to Safer Foods: Essential food safety messages or principles linked to behaviours that, if adopted and practiced, will reduce the probability of food borne illness. Food Safety: The assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is eaten. Food Hygiene: All conditions and measures necessary to ensure that safety and suitability of food at all stages of the food chain. Street Foods: Ready-to-eat foods prepared and/or sold by vendors and hawkers in streets and other similar public places. Street Food Vendors: Entrepreneurs selling ready-to-eat foods and beverages.



This paper attempts to investigate the lack of knowledge, attitude and practices of street food vendors in Bo the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. A cross – sectional study conducted among eighty-seven respondents vendors in forty-four in Bo City. Data was collected using a structured and semi – structured questionnaire. The collected data is analysed using a simple descriptive statistics with the help Excel Microsoft ware. A statistical significance was found in relation to knowledge. Attitude towards food safety was negative, self-reported practices by Street Food Vendor’s were statistically significant with low hygiene standards, while predisposing factors showed relatively low personal hygiene, poor environmental sanitation and low food safety practice. The realize consequences are utmost health risks of consuming street foods as food contamination has caused food borne diseases and outbreaks. It is recommended that standard training be provided for these vendors by the Bo City Council in collaboration with Njala University. It is essential that poor people in a developing country such as Sierra Leone be allowed to earn their livelihood by means of an ‘easy-to-enter’ business such as street food vending when hygiene standards are sustained.



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