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Food and You

Food shopping
Published: March 2017

The latest report from the Food Standards Agency's flagship consumer survey is now available.

Aim 

The Food and You survey is used to collect information about public attitudes to food, how the public behaves around food and how much they know about food issues, such as food safety.

It is conducted every two years and is used to identify trends and change over time. Because the survey is repeated every couple of years it is a useful benchmark of whether Government policies and campaigns are having an impact.

Findings 

New findings published in April 2019 and you can download the latest report from the FSA's website. A summary of the key findings is given below:

  • 17% reported having a reaction to or avoiding certain foods, most commonly cows’ milk and cows’ milk products.
  • The proportion who ate beef, lamb or pork at least once a week has fallen from 75% in 2012 to 55% in 2018.
  • Women were more likely than men to report all or most of the responsibility for cooking or preparing food in the home (63% compared with 33%). 
  • When deciding where to eat out, people were most influenced by service (61%), the hygiene rating or score (60%) and price (60%).
  • Most people (82%) said they always washed their hands before preparing food.
  • The FSA recommends that to avoid cross contamination raw meat and poultry should not be washed. Half of respondents said they did not wash raw chicken (50%) or other raw meat and poultry (49%).
  • 26% of adults said they are always confident that food is what it says on the label, and a further 58% are confident of this most of the time.

Methods 

Face to face surveys are conducted with adults aged 16 and over in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Download the Wave 5 report