Survey: More food safety oversight needed

ChickenDinnerPlate_BBQ_wLemon_blogThe majority of Americans are concerned about food safety and believe there should be more government oversight when it comes to the safety of the food supply, according to a new report.

In a Harris Interactive survey report released Wednesday, 86 percent of people surveyed said they were at least somewhat concerned about food safety, with 28 percent being seriously concerned. Likewise, 73 percent of those surveyed said there should be additional government oversight when it comes to food safety.

The survey was conducted between Jan. 15 and Jan. 20 of this year and encompassed 2,236 adults. Harris Interactive is part of Nielsen.

The survey’s results also provided insight into how Americans perceive food recalls, with only 7 percent who believe the number of food recalls has dropped in recent years. People who believe recall numbers have gone up tended to blame it on the companies that processed or packaged the food (50 percent), followed by the government (19 percent). However, although 55 percent of people surveyed indicated they would temporarily switch brands if a product they normally buy is recalled, they eventually return to their original choice. Only 16 percent said they would never again purchase the recalled brand, and 17 percent said they would not buy any brands made by a recalled item’s manufacturer.

Recalls also have affected consumers’ habits – 61 percent of those surveyed said worries over the safety of food have prompted them to purchase locally-grown food as often as possible. Additionally, 40 percent of people were more concerned about the food safety of produce than they were meat and dairy products.

Comments are closed.