FSA survey highlights animal welfare concerns

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker results have been published with animal welfare ranking fourth in the areas of concern listed by the general public.

43% of the public listed animal welfare as a food issue concern. The top three issues of concern were, the amount of sugar in food (52%), food waste (48%) and food prices (46%).

The top food safety issues of concern for respondents were: Food hygiene when eating out (36%), food poisoning (30%), chemicals from the environment, such as lead, in food (29%) and food additives (26%).

45% of respondents reported concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, while 42% of respondents reported concern about food safety in UK shops and supermarkets. The general overall trend for concern for food safety in both restaurants and shops has decreased in the latest survey.

The findings also showed that 44% of respondents trusted that people who produce food have their best interests at heart. The majority of those questioned (75%) that they trusted the food is accurately labelled and 74% trusted the authenticity of the ingredients.

Salmonella and E-coli were by far the most commonly known types of food poisoning (total awareness of 89% and 82% respectively). The perceived most likely sources of food poisoning were raw chicken or turkey (79%), followed by shellfish (54%), reheated take-away food (47%) and eggs (38%).

Nearly 2,000 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were interviewed face-to-face in November.

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