Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
OLIVEIRA, Mariana de Novaes; BRASIL, Anne Lise Dias and TADDEI, José Augusto de Aguiar Carrazedo. Evaluation of the hygienic-sanitary conditions of kitchens in public and philanthropic daycare centers. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.3, pp. 1051-1060. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000300028.
This paper aims to evaluate the hygienic-sanitary conditions of kitchens in philanthropic and public daycare centers in the city of São Paulo using a tool of easy application. Information on the hygienic-sanitary conditions was gathered observing the operational conditions of five public and philanthropic daycare centers in the city of São Paulo. A score was developed for classifying the risks of food contamination. The operational conditions in the kitchens of the studied philanthropic and public daycare centers in the city of São Paulo can result in contamination of the prepared food. Among the most important risk factors for food contamination is the behavior of the workers who handle the food. Training and continuous supervision of the involved personnel are the best and easiest alternatives for assuring the appropriate hygienic-sanitary conditions and quality of the food offered to the children in these daycare centers.
Keywords : Daycare centers; Food hygiene; Food manipulation; Food quality.