Food Safety knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Meat Handler in Abattoir and Retail Meat Shops of Jigjiga Town, Ethiopia


Food borne disease
food safety
hygienic practices
meat hygiene
personal hygiene


Meat handlers play major role in food borne diseases transmission as well as to ensure safety of meat and its products. A cross-sectional survey was carried out among 91 meat handlers by using structured questionnaire to determine the food safety knowledge, attitude and practices in abattoir and retail meat shops of Jigjiga Town. The result shows that majority of the meat handlers were illiterate (30.8%) and primary school leaver (52.7%), and no one went through any food safety training except one meat inspector. The food-handlers’ knowledge and safety practices were below acceptable level with the mean score of 13.12±2.33 and 7.7±2.1 respectively. Only few respondents knew about Staphylococcus aureus (3.3% correct answer), hepatitis A virus (19.8% correct answer), and E. coli (5.5% correct answer) as food borne pathogens. About 64% of meat handlers have good attitude about safety of food with mean of total score 14.4±2. All respondents answer correctly questions about proper meat handling and hand washing but they did not translate into strict food hygiene practices. Chi2 analysis testing for the association between knowledge, attitude and practices did not show any significant association. It may be due to meat handlers’ below acceptable level safety practices regardless of sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge and attitude. However, there was strong association between level of education and knowledge, and knowledge and hand washing (p<0.05). There was also association between age and knowledge though it was not statistically significant.  Thus, continuous education and hands on training for meat handlers that can enhance good safety practices through better understanding and positive attitude.