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Attitudes towards food survey

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The Food Standards Agency has published the results of a national survey into consumer attitudes to food.

Some of the key findings are:

A significant decline in consumer concern over BSE (down to 42% in 2003 from 61% in 2000).

Significant rise in the number of consumers that look for the total salt content in a product by checking the nutritional information on food labels. This was up from 22% in 2000 to 36% in 2003.

A year-on-year increase in the number of consumers who are aware that we should eat 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg each day (up from 43% in 2000 to 59% in 2003).

Two-fifths of consumers are concerned about the accuracy of food labelling compared to around a third in previous years.

Around half of consumers shop about once a week and as in previous years most food shopping is done at supermarkets, with 95% of consumers opting for these over local shops and other sources.

Just over six out of ten respondents claimed to enjoy cooking but only two-fifths cook meals from raw or fresh ingredients once a day.

One-third of consumers (37%) felt that they had changed their eating habits over the last year and were now eating more healthily. 92% of consumers also claimed to regularly/occasionally eat fresh vegetables/fruit/salad and almost two-thirds claimed to regularly/occasionally eat fish.

Women are more likely to be aware of food issues and more concerned about food safety.

People between the ages of 16-25 and over 66 tend to be less knowledgeable and less concerned about food issues.

More information and a breakdown of the findings for each region can be found on the FSA website.

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