Attitudes towards food survey
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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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