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Assessing Consumer Awareness and Opinion Toward Food Safety Practices and Policies in the Maldives

Assessing Consumer Awareness and Opinion Toward Food Safety Practices and Policies in the Maldives
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Author(s): Siti Nurhayati Khairatun (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) and Fathmath Nuzla (Ministry of Health, Maldives)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 21
Source title: Food Safety Practices in the Restaurant Industry
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Siti Nurhayati Khairatun (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia), Ainul Zakiah Abu Bakar (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia), Noor Azira Abdul Mutalib (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) and Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7415-7.ch008

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Abstract

The Maldives relies completely on imported food for its staples such as rice, flour, and sugar. It is reported that the Maldives produces less than one-tenth of its overall food requirements. Due to its huge dependence on imported food products, Maldives is exposed to a high risk of contaminated food and foodborne illnesses caused within the supply chain. This chapter aimed to investigate the level of awareness among the public of the Maldives relating to food safety practices in the food industry. An online survey was developed and administered to the consumers in the Maldives. A total number of 369 usable responses were analyzed statistically. The findings highlight that even though there was a high level of awareness of the participants towards food safety in general, participants were poorly aware of the activities and the consumers' roles in the food safety practices. This study serves as a baseline study for future research in this area, particularly in the Maldives.

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