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Food Hygiene Standards the Top Public Concern in Latest Survey

August 4, 2015
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fhrsResults from the Food Standards Agency’s biannual Public Attitudes Tracker survey show that food hygiene when eating out is the main food safety concern amongst members of the public. The top wider food issues were the amount of sugar in foodstuffs and food waste.

It is the first time since the survey was introduced in 2001 that food prices have not topped the list of public concerns. The tracker survey was conducted over a period between the 8th and 15th of May with 2,640 adults across the UK being interviewed by market researchers.

The number of people aware of the FSA and its work has remained largely consistent at 80%. Of those respondents, 65% said that they trusted the Agency to do its job. Food standards in shops and restaurants were important to 83% of those questioned. The most common ways of judging hygiene standards were found to be the appearance of the premises and staff, while 43% looked for the presence of food hygiene certificates.

Introduced as an attempt to monitor key FSA issues, the tracker concentrates on four main areas: awareness of the FSA and its responsibilities, trust in the FSA, food-related concerns and awareness of hygiene standards in eating establishments.

You can view the full Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker Wave 10 HERE