Enhancing Regular Monitoring of Food-Contact Surface Hygiene with Rapid Microbial Kits
Keywords:Food safety, food-hygiene practices, microbial kits, food handlers
To ensure that food is always healthy and safe, food business operators utilize a simple and practical method of identifying and verifying microbes. This study looks at the practicality of an inexpensive and user-friendly microbial kit that evaluates the cleanliness level of 72 samples of food-contact surfaces (FCS) of food service establishments in two states of Malaysia. It detected 70% coliform contamination which suggests that food service operators may need to improve the cleanliness of FCS. It can be concluded that the microbial kit used is a practical self-check approach for determining the hygiene level of any food service operation and should be made mandatory
Keywords: Food safety; food-hygiene practices; microbial kits; food handlers
eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.
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