A cross-sectional study on food safety knowledge amongst domestic workers in the UAE

Tareq Osaili, Reyad Shaker Obaid, Sadi Taha, Sofia Kayyaal, Rima Ali, Manal Osama, Refaa Alajmi, Anas A. Al-Nabulsi, Amin Olaimat, Fayeza Hasan, Mutamed Ayyash

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Purpose: The aims of this study were to assess the food safety knowledge amongst domestic workers in the UAE and test the association between their socio-demographic characteristics and food safety knowledge. Design/methodology/approach: A non-probabilistic sample of 231 domestic workers who help families in food preparation and/or cooking participated in this cross-sectional study. The participants completed a questionnaire composed of socio-demographic characteristics and four different aspects of food safety knowledge (personal hygiene, food poisoning, cross-contamination and temperature control). Findings: It was observed that the domestic workers had inadequate knowledge about food safety with an overall food safety knowledge score of 32.9%. Total knowledge of “personal hygiene” and “cross-contamination” was relatively higher (46.2 and 43.9%, respectively) than that of “food poisoning” (18.1%) and “temperature control” (23.3%). A significant (P-value < 0.05) association was observed between overall food safety knowledge and marital status, age and education level, but not nationality of domestic workers (Asian or African). Originality/value: The findings of this study are expected to encourage policy makers mandate food safety trainings for this segment of the population besides helping them in creating awareness and training programs regarding food safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1021
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Food Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 8 2022


  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Cross-contamination
  • Food poisoning
  • Personal hygiene
  • Temperature abuse
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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