Ministry of Health regulates that all foods and beverages should not contain Escherichia coli. However, most local government does not implement this requirement by applying more technical local regulation to prevent food borne diseases. The objective of the present study was to quantify E. coli contamination in foods served by street vendors along the Jalan Margonda, City of Depok, West Java. A total of 100 street vendors were selected randomly, from which different types of foods were sampled for E. coli measurement using MPN method. Meanwhile, environmental sanitation of street vendors and personal hygiene of food handlers were observed. It was found that generally clean water for preparing foods and beverages and washing kitchen utensils, sewage system, table utensils, and covered foods as well as serving behavior were not statistically correlated with E. coli contamination (p > 0,05). On the contrary, most the uncovered foods were highly contaminated by E. coli, although sanitation facilities and personal hygiene were adequately good except solid waste disposal.
|Kesmas: Jurnal Kesehatan Masyarakat Nasional
|Published - Dec 2010