National Survey Of Healthcare Consumers: Food Safety
This survey for National Public Radio finds that, among consumers who are concerned about the contamination of the food supply, they are most concerned with meat contamination. More consumers suggested that food companies should improve quality control over additional inspections, oversight, or penalties.
According to survey results, 61% of consumers are concerned about contamination of the food supply and the majority of people (51%) are concerned about the safety of meat, specifically. Other consumer safety concerns include seafood (25% concerned), produce (23%), and dairy (4%). Concerns about seafood have increased over the last three months, most likely due to the BP Gulf of Mexico incident.
One tenth of survey respondents said they became sick by something they ate in the last six months, and 26% of these respondents had to seek medical treatment over the incident. Worry over food safety appears to decline slightly as age, income, and education increases.
In other findings, consumers expressed a preference for companies to improve their quality control systems rather than providing additional inspections, more oversight, or stiffer penalties. About 78 million people per year get sick from eating bad food, according to the Centers for Disease Control.