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Table 3 Comparison of food handling behaviors between male and female respondents

From: The correlation between family food handling behaviors and foodborne acute gastroenteritis: a community-oriented, population-based survey in Anhui, China

Behavior Total n (%) Male n (%) Female n (%) X2 P
Often thoroughly heat cooked food purchased from outside before eating
 no 1026 (71.3) 621 (76.7) 405 (64.3) 26.518 < 0.001
 yes 414 (28.7) 189 (23.3) 225 (35.7)   
Often thoroughly heat milk before drinking
 no 1089 (75.6) 621 (76.7) 468 (74.3) 1.090 0.297
 yes 351 (24.4) 189 (23.3) 162 (25.7)   
Often store leftovers in the refrigerator
 no 468 (32.5) 225 (27.8) 243 (38.6) 18.820 < 0.001
 yes 972 (67.5) 585 (72.2) 387 (61.4)   
Often thoroughly heat leftovers stored in the refrigerator before eating
 no 599 (41.6) 459 (56.7) 140 (22.2) 173.063 < 0.001
 yes 841 (58.4) 351 (43.3) 490 (77.8)   
Often thoroughly clean raw vegetables or meat purchased from outside
 no 285 (19.8) 177 (21.9) 108 (17.1) 4.950 0.026
 yes 1155 (80.2) 633 (78.1) 522 (82.9)   
Often eat raw seafood
 no 1224 (85.0) 684 (84.4) 540 (85.7) 0.448 0.507
 yes 216 (15.0) 126 (15.6) 90 (14.3)   
Often store raw meat and cooked meat in the same container
 no 1171 (76.4) 630 (77.8) 541 (85.9) 15.288 < 0.001
 yes 269 (23.6) 180 (22.2) 89 (14.1)   
Often thoroughly heat green beans prior to eating
 no 249 (17.3) 184 (22.7) 65 (10.3) 38.091 < 0.001
 yes 1191 (82.7) 626 (77.3) 565 (89.7)   
Often thoroughly boil kitchen utensils to disinfect
 no 1039 (72.2) 594 (73.3) 445 (70.6) 1.284 0.257
 yes 401 (27.8) 216 (26.7) 185 (29.4)   
Often buy expired packaged food in supermarkets or shops
 no 1053 (73.1) 585 (72.2) 468 (74.3) 0.768 0.381
 yes 387 (26.9) 225 (27.8) 162 (25.7)   
Often Purchase stale raw vegetables, meat and other ingredients
 no 1023 (71.0) 540 (66.7) 483 (76.7) 17.222 < 0.001
 yes 417 (29.0) 270 (33.3) 147 (23.3)   
Often eat outside the home
 no 1238 (86.0) 698 (86.2) 540 (85.7) 0.062 0.804
 yes 202 (14.0) 112 (13.8) 90 (14.3)