Consumers More Worried About Foodborne Illnesses over GMOs

Dan Environment, General, Industry News Release

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A new survey shows twice as many consumers lists bacterial foodborne illnesses as their top food safety concern compared to those who fear chemicals, carcinogens, antibiotics use in food animals or GMOs.

The International Food Information Council Foundation commissioned the online study in March of more than 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18 and 30. Consumers were asked to choose and rank their top three food safety issues and 29 percent of consumers listed foodborne illness at the top of the list, while just eight percent of consumers listed GMOs at the top, according to Meatingplace. However, when asked, “Have you changed your eating habits because of something you’ve heard or read about food additives and ingredients, chemicals in food, or carcinogens in food?” 40 percent of respondents said yes.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.