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J Anal Res Clin Med. 2019;7(3):91-99.
doi: 10.15171/jarcm.2019.017
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Original Article

Food-borne diseases knowledge, attitude, and practices of women living in East Azerbaijan, Iran

Hajar Zolfaghari 1 ORCiD, Arezou Khezerlou 1, Mahmood Alizadeh-Sani 2, Ali Ehsani 3 * ORCiD

1 Student Research Committee AND Department of Food Science and Technology, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Food Science and Technology, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences AND Food and Drug Safety Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


Introduction: Food-borne-related illnesses are important worldwide, as they are responsible for considerable morbidity, mortality, and economic costs. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 384 women in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran, who were chosen through stratified random sampling method, using a validated and reliable questionnaire prepared by the researchers. The aim of the present study was to examine the knowledge, attitude, and behaviors related to food-borne diseases among women in Tabriz who had the main responsibility for food preparation at home. Results: Women had a good level of knowledge, attitude, and practice on most important factors related to food poisoning. There was a significant relationship between women's attitude and practice, and their knowledge. Conclusion: Our results showed a good level of information of the women in Tabriz about protection against food-borne diseases; however, some practices were threats to food safety. There is a need for further education and information on the disadvantages of eating raw or semi-processed foods.

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Submitted: 07 May 2019
Accepted: 24 Jul 2019
First published online: 10 Sep 2019
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