Document Type : Research Paper
Animal science department, Agriculture faulty, Ghazni University, Ghazni, Afghanistan.
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Ghazni University, Ghazni, Afghanistan.
Introduction: The current study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practices of meat handlers in Ghazni city of Afghanistan. Food hygiene plays a vital role in the food safety. Meat is an important part of food, on the other hand, different type of meat consumed all over the world. As well as food hygiene, knowledge, attitude and practice can directly influence the quality and marketing of food. Methods: It was a cross-sectional study to evaluate 30 meat handlers food hygiene in Ghazni city of Afghanistan. Data was collected through a face-to-face questionnaire. Also, respondents were selected randomly and the data was analyzed through IBM SPSS Statistics version 24. Results: The results of the current study showed, the majority of respondents were middle-aged, 26–35 years (43.4%), most of them (83.3%) were married and (43.3%) had primary education. As well as, the majority of the respondents don’t have health certificates and also don’t participate in any food safety related training, respectively (96.7%). In general, most of the respondents have a high level of food safety knowledge and attitude, with a lower score in meat hygiene practices. Conclusions: Lack of the food safety and health training of meat handlers can be a risk for the consumer. Therefore, meat handler health certificates, food hygiene attitudes and practices should be checked by governmental and non-governmental organizations for the health of consumers and better hygienic practices.