Restaurant food safety tops concerns in U.K.

Bruschetta_blogThe safety of food served outside of the home is the biggest cause for concern among people in the United Kingdom (U.K.), according to a new report.

About 36 percent of respondents in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker cited “food hygiene” when dining out as their top food safety concern, followed by food additives (26 percent) and foodborne illness such as that caused by E. coli and Salmonella (26 percent). Overall, 49 percent of those surveyed reported some level of concern regarding food safety in restaurants, pubs and other similar businesses. Concerns about food safety in grocery stores were at 46 percent – a 6 percentage point decrease from the last survey. About 82 percent of respondents said they were aware of the sanitary standards in place at places from which they acquire food.

When asked about food-related issues as a whole, 60 percent indicated they were concerned about food prices, while 44 percent were worried about the salt content of food. Participants also had an increased awareness of food waste issues, which increased 5 to 8 percentage points from previous surveys to 50 percent.

Following the horse meat scandal last year in the U.K., 5 percent of respondents in the previous survey mentioned horse meat as a food issue they were worried about. That number has since dropped to 2 percent of people who spontaneously reported this type of adulteration as a concern.

The survey was conducted in November and sampled 2,509 adults. The attitude tracker is conducted twice a year, with the previous survey being published last spring.

Read the full report here.

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