RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, UK

43% Brits concerned about food safety in outlets: survey

Half of the respondents expressed concern with the amount of sugar in food.

43% of Brits have reported concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, according to the latest study by the Food Standards Agency.

40% of respondents reported concern about food safety in UK shops and supermarkets.  84% of respondents also reported being aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from. 60% know about hygiene standards via hygiene stickers/certificates (60%) whilst 59% are made aware of it via the general appearance of the premises.

16% of respondents say they were aware of specific rules about allergens, with 9% reporting that they have a food intolerance and/or allergy themselves. 70-78% reported feeling confident to ask members of staff at food outlets for more information about ingredients in food because of allergens or food intolerance. 

74%, meanwhile, trust that food accurately labelled whilst 72% trusted the authenticity of ingredients, origin, or quality of food.

Per the report, the top wider food issues of concern were: the amount of sugar in food (50%), food waste (49%), food prices (46%) and animal welfare (43%).

2,007 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were interviewed face-to-face for the survey, which was conducted last November 2018.

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