Chukuezi (2010) Food Safety and Hyienic Practices of Street Food Vendors in Owerri, Nigeria

Abstract: The paper examines the food safety and hygienic practices of street food
vendors in Owerri, Nigeria. It argues that although street foods play an important role
in meeting the food demands of urban dwellers, there are several health hazards
associated with them. The study found that women made up 66.67% of the vendors
while males made up 33.33%. The average age group was 31-40 years. 23.81% of the
vendors prepared food in unhygienic conditions. 42.86% did not use aprons; 47.62%
handled food with bare hands and 52.38% wore no hair covering while 61.90%
handled money while serving food. 19.05% wore jewelry while serving food and
28.57% blew air into polythene bag before use. 9.52% of the vendors stored food for
serving openly in the stalls while 23.81% stored them in the wheelbarrows. 42.86%
had leftovers for serving the next day with poor storage facilities. 47.62% of the
vendors washed their utensils with dirty water which is recycled and used severally in
28.57% despite the fact that only 9.52% of them complained of water shortages. Thr
paper recommends that there is need for health education of these vendors in order to
ensure food safety for the consumers.

Studies in Sociology of Science
Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010, pp. 50-57
ISSN 1923-0176

Chukuezi (2010) Food Safety and Hyienic Practices of Street Food Vendors in Owerri, Nigeria