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TitleFood safety practices and dietary intake of female students in self-catering residences at the Cape Technikon
AuthorDu Toit, Linda Dorothea
SubjectFood service -- Safety measures
SubjectFood service -- Sanitation
SubjectFoodborne diseases
SubjectSalmonella infection
SubjectWomen -- Nutrition
AbstractThesis (MTech (Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2004
AbstractConcems have been voiced regarding the food practices and dietary intake of students since residences changed from a catered to a self-catering food provision system. In this study, the purchasing, storage, food preparation practices and dietary intake of female students living in self-catering residences at the Cape Technikon in Cape Town, South Africa, were investigated. A sample of 60 students, representative of the female students living in self-catering residences, participated. A structured interview, together with direct observation, using an observational checklist, was used to determine whether food practices complied with food safety guidelines. As self-reported and actual behaviour may differ, the reported food safety behaviour was compared with the observed behaviour. The mean food and beverage intakes were determined using two 24-hour dietary recalls covering a week and weekend day. Intakes were compared with the recommendations of the Daily Food Guide and the South African Food-Based Dietary Guidelines. Nutrient intakes were analysed using dietary analysis software. Nutrient intakes were compared with the Dietary Reference Intakes for their gender and age grouping. Intakes of S 67% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance/Adequate Intakes or below were deemed as inadequate. The weight status of the students was also determined and compared to the health maintenance Body Mass Index range of 20 to 25 kg/m2 . Results indicated that some, but not all food safety guidelines were followed. Both positive and negative practices were reported and observed.
PublisherCape Technikon