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Al-Rashedy, Alsaab, Alfayez, Almarri, Al-mansour, and Sami: Level of knowledge, attitude and practice of food hygiene among male school students in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia

Introduction: Food hygiene is an important global public health issue. Increasingly, cases that involve consumption of unhealthy food are becoming more of a concern and not only involve the general public, but also school children even though various initiatives have been carried out by the authorities.

Objectives: To determine the level of knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of food hygiene among primary, intermediate and high school male students.

Materials and methods: The study was an observational cross-sectional institutional-based study performed in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia. The data were collected from 377 male students (8–25 years old) studying in primary, intermediate or high schools. Two schools from each level were randomly selected. A self-administered questionnaire with an Arabic translation was used. Verbal consent was taken from the students. They were briefed about the questionnaire and then received a copy of the questionnaire to fill in. Data were analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics version 20 (IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY, USA).

Results: The general education students in Majmaah City had fair levels of overall knowledge (56.69 ± 9.91%) and attitude (58.69 ± 10.74%), and good overall practice levels (61.23 ± 9.91%).

Conclusions: The general education school students exhibit good practice levels, despite fair knowledge and attitude levels.

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