Objective: This study aims to evaluate school canteens in the Mezitli district of Mersin in terms
of food security and hygiene conditions. Method: The population of this descriptive study
consists of canteens in public and private schools in Mersin, Mezitli. As 1 of the 31 available
canteens refused participation, 30 canteens have been taken in to the study. Data has been
collected over the course of a month between the 20th of October and 20th of November, 2015.
Descriptive statistics have been used in data summarization and Mann Whitney U, Kruskall
Wallis and Spearman correlation tests have been used in the subsequent analyses. Results: Of all
the schools studies, 43.3% of the canteens were found in high schools and 83.3% of the canteens
were in government schools. No precautions against pests had been taken in 60.0% of the
canteens. The proportion of canteens with prohibited products was 30.0%. Staff work uniform
was inappropriate in 56.7% of the canteens and personal protection usage was inappropriate in
96.7%. The proportion of canteens selling fresh fruit was 30.0% and selling dried fruit was
10.0%. The scores for the canteen physical conditions, the food hygiene score, the personnel
hygiene score and the total scores were calculated. A positive correlation was determined
between the number of school and canteen staff and the total score. Furthermore, data showed
that an increase in the hygiene education received by canteen staff resulted in a marked
amelioration of physical condition scores for the canteens. Conclusions: The data collected
uncovered important deficiencies in the physical conditions and food and personnel hygiene
issues in canteens which sold packaged and unpackaged foods. None of the canteens in the study
provided all the necessary conditions for their students to develop healthy lifestyle behaviours.
Canteens are suggested to eliminate their shortcomings, correct their wrong behaviors and
further improve their correct applications.
Okul, öğrenci, gıda güvenliği, gıda hizmetleri