Food Standards Agency awards itself slap on back
The eighth annual Consumer Attitudes to Food Survey, published the UK Government’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), alleges increased confidence among the public in the food they are consuming and in wider food issues. In fact it reads as a rather self-congratulatory volume.
Highlights of the latest survey relating to food safety include ( as percentages of respondents questioned) – a decrease since 2006 in concern over many food safety issues including additives (35% down from 38%), food poisoning (36% down from 42%), GM foods (20% down from 25%)
Food labels remain important to shoppers looking for a range of information such as ‘best before’ dates, allergy advice and additives in foods. Half of respondents said they check some form of labelling information when buying food. But only 3% say they look for organic on the label while 42% check the fat content; 40% check the salt, 9% look for country of origin and only 7% look for price.