Assessment of personal hygiene knowledge, and practices in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Hanan S. Afifi, Aisha A. Abushelaibi

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    There is little information available about incidences and causes of foodborne illnesses that can help the government develop policies, which prevent them in the UAE. This study includes a group of multinational subjects (males and females), residing in Al Ain, UAE, and of an age ranging between 15 and 55 years. A questionnaire designed to assess " Knowledge" and " Practice" of public hygiene measures was piloted in a group of subjects from the public (n = 600). Data shows that 100% of highly educated subjects with postgraduate degrees (Master and PhD) have the proper information about food safety. However, only 70% of them always wash their hands before and after eating, while 80% always wash their hands after using toilets and frequently using warm water and soap. 29% of the total participants were inflicted with foodborne illness, and 85% read articles about food safety and personal hygiene. Most of the subjects in this study are Muslims, and they mainly depended on their daily attitude, which affects their personal hygiene because they must wash before praying. Data generally referred that awareness programs or training are needed, even for the highly educated members of the public. Further research is needed to explain the differences between reports of actual and usual behaviors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-253
    Number of pages5
    JournalFood Control
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012


    • Knowledge
    • Personal hygiene
    • Practices
    • UAE

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biotechnology
    • Food Science


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