The Importance Placed on the Monitoring of Food Safety and Quality by Australian Consumers

Julie Henderson, Loreen Mamerow, Anne Taylor, Paul Ward, Samantha Meyer, John Coveney
2013 Laws  
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) estimates that Australians experience 5.4 million incidents of food poisoning each year, making food safety a significant public health issue. This paper describes and analyses the importance placed by Australians on the role of the agencies and actors that regulate the safety and quality of food. A computer assisted telephone interviewing survey addressing aspect of food safety was administrated to a random sample of 1,109 participants across all
more » ... pants across all Australian states (response rate 41.2%). Only 44.6% of participants viewed the monitoring of food safety and quality as 'Very important', with greatest significance placed upon personal monitoring (76.0%) and the role of the Federal government (51.1%). The media (22.5%) and local council (32.4%) were viewed as the least important agents. When data were combined to create an index of general monitoring, participants under 30; respondents in outer regional areas; and men identified food monitoring as less important; while respondents from households with 5 or more members viewed food monitoring as more important than respondents from smaller households.
doi:10.3390/laws2020099 fatcat:3id6uquthnfjtc5txvrdisydye