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Survey Finds More People Now Aware of Food Hygiene Ratings

October 22, 2014

FHRSThe latest results from the Food Standards Agency’s ‘Food and You’ survey show that 76% of respondents are now aware of food hygiene rating schemes in the UK. The figure is a significant increase from the 55% who were aware of the schemes in 2012.

The survey, carried out every two years to get a snapshot of behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues, was compiled from 3,453 interviews with adults over 16 carried out by marketing company TNS BMRB. It provides data on people’s reports of their food purchasing, storage, preparation, consumption and factors such as eating habits, influences on where respondents choose to eat out and experiences of food poisoning.

Recognition of rating schemes was found to be highest in Northern Ireland and lowest in Scotland. Of those questioned, 42% said they actively used ratings when making decisions on where to eat out, while 55% said they still relied on the appearance of the premises in making their choice. Researchers also found that 4% of people claimed to have at least one food allergy, with nearly two-thirds of those having consulted a doctor about it.

The news comes ahead of the introduction of the new Food Information for Consumers Regulations which come into force on 13th December.

You can view the full ‘Food and You’ survey here