Analysis of Food Management Practices and Safe Provision in Unclassified Restaurants in Nairobi City County, Kenya
The aim of the research was to establish how food safety practices influence safe food provision by unclassified restaurants in Nairobi City County. The Particular goals of the study were to: assess the influence of food handling practices on safe food provision, observe the role of food hygiene training on safe food provision, determine the effect of food legislation compliance on safe food provision and establish the role of management in ensuring that safety standards are achieved on safe food provision by unclassified restaurants in Nairobi City County. Descriptive survey design was employed as the blue print to guide the study. The study population was 124 unclassified restaurants in Nairobi Central Business District. Questionnaires were used in data collection, an in-depth interview guide and observation checklist. Quantitative data were analyzed through means, standard deviation, inferential models and presented in form of tables and figures. The study established that food handling practices on safe food provision by unclassified restaurants was statistically significant (χ=8.988; p value of .003<0.05), food hygiene training and safe food provision by unclassified restaurants have a significant association (χ= 5.094, p value of .019<0.05, food legislation compliance and safe food provision by unclassified restaurants have a significant association as supported (χ=4.544; p value of .025<0.05) while the role of management and safe food provision by unclassified restaurants have a significant association (χ=11.107, p value of .001<0.05). This paper concludes that food handling practices, food hygiene training, food legislation compliance and role of management impacts the safe food provision by unclassified restaurants. The study recommends for the need to periodically train restaurant workers on proper food handling practices. There is need for restaurant management to provide workers with sufficient clean dress code. The restaurant management needs to organize periodic training programs in form of short workshops, seminars and conferences with key stakeholders in the hospitality sector and food safety authorities.
Keywords: Food management practices, food handling practices, food hygiene training, food legislation compliance, safe provision, unclassified restaurants.
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