Document Type : Original Article
Senior Researcher, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center
The current study aimed to investigate the level of awareness among rural women regarding the impact of household cooking utensils on food safety and family members’ health, as well as the associated factors. The study was conducted on subjects residing in selected villages within the Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate. Data was collected through the administration of questionnaires and interviews. In order to determine the sample size, the Stephen Thompson equation was used from the comprehensive size, and the sample size was determined to be 360. The villages investigated in this study include Mahalla Musa, Kafr El-Sheikh, Kafr al-Arab, Desouk, Mansha’a al-Kubra, and Qalin. The sample distribution was based on the proportional representation of rural women in each village. Data collection took place during the months of August and September in the year 2023 AD. Statistical analysis included frequencies, percentages, arithmetic mean, standard deviation, Pearson’s simple correlation coefficient, t-test, and Cronbach’s alpha test.
The primary findings of this study are as follows:
The majority of the female participants (55.8%) exhibited an intermediate level of knowledge regarding the influence of household cooking utensils on food safety and family members’ health.
Most participants (60%) acquired their primary information through subscriptions to cooking channels. The remaining sources of information were primarily traditional, including personal experience and expertise, family and relatives, and friends and neighbors, with rates of 55%, 45%, and 35%, respectively.