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Food issues of concern

The FSA has published the results of its Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker to identify the top food safety issues of public concern[5]. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in November 2018 with a representative sample of 2,007 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The top food safety issues of concern for those surveyed were: Food hygiene when eating out (35%), Food poisoning (29%), Chemicals from the environment, such as lead, in food (28%), Food additives (28%).

The top wider food issues of concern were: The amount of sugar in food (50%), Food waste (49%), Food prices (46%), Animal welfare (43%).

The general trend for concern about food safety in restaurants and shops has decreased since the first survey was carried out. Most (84%) respondents were aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from. The most common ways of knowing about hygiene standards were via hygiene stickers/certificates (61%) and the general appearance of the premises (60%).

Salmonella and E. coli were by far the most commonly known types of food poisoning (total awareness of 89% and 82% respectively); perceived most likely sources of food poisoning were raw chicken or turkey (77%), followed by shellfish (56%), reheated take-away food (47%) and eggs (40%).

The majority trusted that food is what it says it is and is accurately labelled (74%) and 72% trusted the authenticity of ingredients/origin/quality of food.



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