A poll into customer attitudes towards food safety has revealed that kitchen and restaurant hygiene remains the number one concern.
Results from the Food Standards Agency’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker, set up to monitor changes in consumer attitudes towards the FSA and food-related issues, showed that food hygiene when eating out (37%) was the biggest bugbear for respondents.
The use of additives in food products (29%) was the second food safety topic on their mind, while the wider food issues of concern were the amount of sugar in food, the amount of salt in food, and food waste.
In total, 48% of respondents reported concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaway, while 42% reported concern about food safety in shops and supermarkets.
The survey shows that 83% of respondents reported being aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from. The most commonly reported ways of knowing about hygiene standards were the general appearance of premises (61%) and the appearance of staff (46%).
Of these respondents, 43% also reported taking note of hygiene certificates and 32% reported using hygiene stickers.