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Eating Out is Top Food Hygiene Concern According to FSA Poll

February 6, 2014

plate of foodStandards of hygiene when eating out was the main concern for members of the public who took part in the Food Standards Agencies (FSA) Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker Survey. 36% of respondents expressed concern about hygiene outside the home, making it the top food safety issue.

The results of the research involving 2,509 adults in the UK have just been published after fieldwork was completed during November 2013. More than a quarter of those surveyed were concerned about additives in food, with consumers aged between 50 and 65 prominent amongst this group. Food poisoning from bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella was the other main food safety worry raised, with increasing prices and food waste the major overall concerns.

Almost half of the respondents were concerned about the standards of hygiene in restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways. 58% said they trusted the FSA to do its job effectively, but disappointingly, only 37% were aware of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) despite the fact that 66% admitted to having seen a FHRS sticker in the window of a food establishment.

 The Public Attitudes Tracker Survey was first conducted in 2001 to monitor key issues. Following a review in 2010, it is now run on a biannual basis. You can find a full copy of the report here.