Survey: Food safety concerns in the U.K. have decreased through the last decade

More people are concerned about the price, healthfulness, and nutritional aspects of food than the chance of getting a foodborne illness, according to a new study.

About 63 percent of those surveyed cited food prices as one of their main concerns, with 32 percent citing foodborne illness caused by pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella as a main concern, according the report from the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency, or FSA. The survey was part of a biannual monitoring program. The most recent numbers come from a survey conducted in May.

The other main food safety concern was food hygiene, with 38 percent of people reporting it as being a main concern.

The survey, called the Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker, was started in 2001 and was revamped in 2010. Since then, there has been a significant decrease in the prominence of food safety issues as a main concern of respondents. For example, total concern for food poisoning dropped from 61 percent in May 2001 to only 32 percent this year, according to the report.

The numbers are similar to the previous survey conducted last fall, with very little change.

Food safety concerns regarding food sold in U.K. restaurants, cafes and pubs has hovered at about the same levels as 2010, with 52 percent reporting concern in this round of the survey.

The survey was conducted between May 9 and May 13, with 2141 adults from the U.K. responding.

To see the full report, click here.

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