ASSESSMENT OF FOOD SAFETY KNOWLEDGE AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
This study examined the food safety knowledge of households in Akwa Ibom State. Using a structured
questionnaire, primary data was collected from 457 respondents, through a multi-stage sampling procedure.
Specifically, study described the prevalence, margin and intensity, given three critical indices, of food safety
knowledge. It additionally, identified the factors influencing the probability of households having food safety
knowledge. Results show that average age of respondents is 41years, with household size of 5persons, monthly
income of N94973, and number of children below five years and adults above 65 years as 1 each. The results, with
mean of 0.70 as critical index showed that 55.36% of households are informed about food safety. At critical index
of 0.7, there is a gap of four (4) knowledge items between the informed and uniformed. Education, household
income and confidence in safety labels are significant factors influencing the probability of household's having
food safety knowledge. The study established and provided a more incisive look into the gap between the
informed and uninformed, with respect to food safety knowledge. It, therefore recommends that this margin be
bridged by awareness programmes which could be propagated by government or non-government organisations.