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An assessment of food hygiene and safety at farmers' markets

Worsfold, D., Worsfold, Philip Mark and Griffith, C. J. 2004. An assessment of food hygiene and safety at farmers' markets. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 14 (2) , pp. 109-119. 10.1080/0960312042000209507

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Farmers' markets are becoming a more significant part of the food-retailing sector. A survey of farmers' markets was conducted to assess aspects of food hygiene and safety. The views of the public using the markets were also examined. The range of farm products was wide and the methods utilised varied. The markets were usually temporary outdoor events with few facilities. Traders had received elementary food hygiene training and rated their hygiene standards highly. Less than half had risk management procedures in place, most did not perceive their produce as high-risk. They believed consumers to be mainly interested in food quality and to regard food safety issues highly. Consumers shopped at the markets because of the quality of the products sold. Their overall satisfaction with the markets was high and they raised no concerns about food safety. Given the restricted facilities at farmers' markets and the early phase of implementation of hygiene management systems by market traders, it may be precautionary to restrict the sale of farm products at farmers markets to those that are regarded as low-risk.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food hygiene; farmers' markets; HACCP; consumers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0960-3123
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:12

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