Managers or owners from 219 randomly selected food markets in Oregon were surveyed concerning their attitudes and practices on sanitation and safe food handling. Completed questionnaires were received from 49.8% of those surveyed. Inquiries were made relative to sanitation procedures used, knowledge of sanitation principles, and food protection and safety. Most indicated a concern for sanitation and felt that the employed procedures were effective. The survey indicated a lack of specific knowledge on basic principles of sanitation and food safety. Few respondents understood elementary principles of food contamination, temperature controls, personal hygiene and food protection. Most responses indicated a need for a training program in sanitation and safe food handling procedures for food retail employees at all levels.

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1Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Paper Number 4991. Supported, in port, by funds from the Oregon Retail Council.