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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 32, No. 1, 2014, pp. 19-27
Bioline Code: hn14003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2014, pp. 19-27

 en Risk Perception of Food Safety by School Food-handlers
Machado, Maria Grossi; Monego, Estelamaris Tronco & Campos, Maria Raquel Hidalgo


An exploratory descriptive study was conducted with a qualitative approach that used focus groups. The objective of this study was to identify the risk perception of food safety by school food-handlers. The results indicated that the food production process has certain inadequacies, including the weak risk perception by the food-handlers regarding the student’s health. The students, the pedagogical team, and the principal contribute to this behaviour, which can affect the quality of the final product—the served meal. The social devaluation of the food-handlers is also discussed. It is necessary to improve the food-handlers’ training sessions, with the purpose of modifying risk perception and to allow the school community to be involved in healthy and safe feeding practices.

Food; Perception; Risk; School meal; Brazil

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