Two thirds of people are untrusting of the Government’s assurances that food is safe to eat, according to a survey.
The poll, which measures the attitudes of consumers following the horsemeat scandal, suggests there are low levels of trust in manufacturers and suppliers of food.
Low levels of trust
NatCen Social Research surveyed more than 4,000 British adults and found only a third (35%) of people have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of faith in the Government and supermarkets when it comes to making sure food is safe to eat.
Almost a third (29%) of those polled say they do not trust the government either “at all” or “very much”, and 26% say the same thing about supermarkets.
However, comparatively, 70% say they trust food inspectors to make sure food is safe and 60% say they have faith in the word of farmers.
Caireen Roberts, director at NarCen, said: “While confidence in the quality of food produced in Britain was just over 50%, it was higher than levels of confidence in imported food and we also saw low levels of trust in the government, supermarkets and food manufacturers.
“This may be because these organisations are viewed as being motivated by profit either directly or indirectly or it may be the result of previous food scares.”
Health is a priority
The survey finds that making healthy choices comes above cost when it comes to shoppers’ priorities.
A total of 83% of people say its most important that their food is healthy, compared to just 47% who prioritise the cost of their food shopping.
Meanwhile, 69% of those surveyed would prefer it if their food products had not been overly processed, over a third (35%) care that their food is grown locally, and three in five (58%) people say it’s important that the farmer or grower has been paid a fair price for their produce.
Date Published: September 8, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown