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FSA – What Do You Think Of It So Far?

July 26, 2013

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p>The Food Standards Agency has published the results of its most recent survey on consumer attitudes to the agency itself and other food related issues. The Social Science Research Unit interviewed 2581 adults across the UK during May using 10 questions prepared by the FSA. The top two food safety issues were food hygiene when eating out and food poisoning. When asked generally about food the public put prices, salt content, and food waste top of the list.

Overall concern about food safety in the UK?s restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways has remained unchanged but confidence in shops and supermarkets has fallen. 82% of respondents reported being aware of the hygiene standards in places where they eat or buy food however the main way this was judged was by the general appearance of the premises and staff. Knowledge of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is still gradually increasing with just over a third of the people interviewed being aware of its existence although that figure drops to 11% in Scotland. Distrust in the FSA has increased slightly since the last figures were published in November 2012.??