Jinfeng Sun, Yacong Bo, Jianxiang Shi, Pengfei Wang, Jun Zhang, Baoqing Shi, WB SAPA, Quanjun Lu
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2014, 2(4), 136-140DOI:
Abstract: Food safety is not only the elementary guarantee of people's health but also the foundation of social stability and development of various undertakings. To investigate the knowledge, attitudes and practice of food safety among college students of Henan Province, China and to evaluate the effect of food safety education. We randomly selected 1,300 students by stratified and cluster random sampling methods, then conducted questionnaire survey on their knowledge, attitudes and practice on food safety. Among them, 258 students who had received four weeks' food safety knowledge education as a required course in the school considered as the intervention group were given the questionnaire after a one-month food safety education. Those 1271 valid questionnaires indicated that the mean and standard deviation of food safety knowledge scores is 62.6 ± 14.6. The average score of girls (63.8 ± 15.0) and medical students are higher than that of boys (60.3 ± 13.7) (P < 0.01) and non- medical students (56.0 ± 11.4) (P < 0.01). 95.2% of the students very concerned or concerned about food safety issues; 50.4% of the students thought to guarantee food safety through enforcing the law strictly. And 32.9% of the students do not use food additives; however, as encountering with unsafe food, only 0.39% of them chose to complain to the Consumers' Association. In short, college students paid close attention to food safety issues, but they are lacking of adequate consciousnesses of food safety and exercising of rights for self-preservations. It is very necessary and effective to carry out food hygiene education among college students to improve their knowledge level of food safety.