Table 6

Inspection practices which had statistical significant difference among the four categories of grouped countries and old and new EU Member States

p-value


Subject area

Question

Priority groups

Old versus new Member States

Regional versus National Authorities


Hygiene issues that the authorities have the power to inspect

Food safety

0.049

Accommodation spaces

0.01

Housekeeping

0.032

Air handling and ventilation

0.043

Legislation applied during inspections

National legislation or regulations or guidelines for land based premises also applicable to cruise ships and ferries

0.051

Legislation related to obtaining a permit for food premises

National legislation or regulations or guidelines for land based premises also applicable to cruise ships and ferries

0.059

Laws that the authorities have the power to apply on an international voyage

National legislation for land based establishments

0.051

Port-to-port communication

No port-to-port communication among the national port authorities

0.037

0.001

Standardised inspection forms

Standardised inspection forms (checklists) are used during the inspections

0.012

Collection and analysis of inspection results

Inspection results are collected and centrally analysed

0.011

0.02

Critical enough issues to issue an order that a ship does not sail

There are sanitation issues that are considered critical enough to issue an order that a ship does not sail

0.05

Gaps in hygiene inspections

Reported gaps on hygiene issues

0.04


Mouchtouri et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:122   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-122

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