Consumer confidence in the safety of foods and beverages sold in the U.S. has dropped over the past five years according to Multi-sponsor Surveys’ Study of Clean Food & Beverage Labels. In this survey conducted in May/June 2013 among a national sample of 2,100 adults, one in six express a “great deal” of confidence in food safety. By comparison, in 2008 approximately one in four adults expressed a “great deal” of confidence.
The safety of imported foods is now the most pressing concern, followed by concerns about:
- exposure to pesticides on foods
- exposure to food-borne pathogens (e-coli, salmonella, etc.)
- use of antibiotics or growth hormones in livestock
Efforts to consume fresh, unprocessed foods have increased over the same time span that confidence in food safety declined. Since 2008 the percentage of adults who strongly agree they “make a strong effort to consume fresh foods instead of processed foods” increased from…
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