Abstract The aim of the present study was to examine the knowledge and behaviours related to food safety among consumers who had the primary responsibility for food preparation in the home. Home interviews of 458 randomly selected householders representing three districts in Konya, Turkey, were conducted. The study found significant difference among education levels concerning attitude towards food safety and knowledge. No significant effect of demographic profile on food handling practices was found. These findings increase concerns about consumer safety knowledge and practices. It is advised that a national surveys should be conducted, followed by a properly designed food safety public health campaign, to enhance household food safety awareness.