Food Safety Challenges And Responsibilities Faced By Leaders Of Family – A Study With Reference To Mothers Of Infant
In today’s world, children constitute a major proportion of the global population and they are the one who are easily affected by food borne diseases because of their weak immune system. It has been reported that 10% of the 5.8 million people living in the world are children less than 5 years of age, and among them annually 1.8 million children die from the direct effects of diarrhoeal diseases. (World Health Organisation, 1998)4. The potential risk factors leading to diarrhoea in an infant are, feeding leftover and overnight foods, not washing hands prior to cooking and feeding, consumption of the spilled food on the floor, use of dirty cloth for wiping hands and utensils and the use of unsterilized and dirty feeding bottles for the infants (Sheth, M., &Arora, S., 2001)2. Poor environmental sanitation and poor personal hygiene of the caretaker and mothers also continue to remain leading etiological factors for food borne diseases among infants (Mini Sheth & Reeta Dwivedi, 2006)3.