The 'Consumer Attitudes to Food' survey was commissioned in October 2000. More than 3,000 people across the UK were interviewed.
The results show the greatest level of concern is over food safety issues, and reveal widespread confusion among consumers about food labeling.
Three-quarters of the UK population said they are 'fairly' or 'very' concerned about food safety.
69% were particularly concerned about the safety of raw meat.
Incidences of food-poisoning seemed to be much larger than official figures would suggest.
|Food-poisoning and BSE are the food-safety issues causing most concern.|
| UK Food Standards Agency |
80% of people who suffered what they considered to be food-poisoning did not report it to anyone.
The frequencies of vomiting and diarrhea that individuals believed to be attributable to food-poisoning in the past year were: England 14%, Scotland 13%, Wales 11%, and Northern Ireland 10%.
59% regularly checked food labeling, and, of these, 67% focused on the ‘best before' or ‘use by' date. 25% found food labeling 'difficult to understand'.
43% of individuals were aware of the advice to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. However of these, only half actually did so on the previous day.
90% of people questioned ate fresh meat, whilst only 5% of households included a vegetarian.
Sir John Krebs, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency said, "This survey reveals the food issues that matter most to consumers, and is a valuable contribution to the continuing public debate on food safety. It highlights consumer concerns on food-poisoning and BSE. Both are priorities for the FSA over the next five years."