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Public Opinion of Food Safety Webinar December 17

What are the food safety actions that Floridians do and do not practice?  What food safety issues are Floridians concerned about?  What do people think about the safety of organic or local food?  The Public Opinion of Food Safety Webinar will focus on the results of the University of Florida’s Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center) recent public opinion survey.  Joy Rumble, PIE Center Researcher will discuss the latest food safety survey results. Doug Archer, IFAS Associate Dean of Research will provide insights into the public’s perceptions, attitudes and knowledge of food safety, based on his extensive experience working in this field.  He will also pose a few questions to generate discussion on how the results of this survey may be put to use.

Source:  UF/IFAS PIE Center's food safety public onion survey.

Source: UF/IFAS PIE Center’s food safety public opinion survey.


Only 19 percent of Floridians consider themselves extremely worried about bacteria in their food, even though the microorganisms cause the vast majority of foodborne illnesses. Substances such as additives and preservatives ranked higher among those extreme concerns but have not been linked to illnesses. As Floridians’ more moderate concerns are factored in, research shows residents hold about the same level of fear for the substances.  Floridians are also incorrect about which foods are the most or least safe. About three-quarters of residents believe fresh fruits and vegetables are safe, but produce contributes to almost half of all foodborne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Only half of Floridians believe seafood is safe, while CDC data shows that seafood is only accountable for 6 percent of foodborne illnesses. More than half of Floridians are not worried about food prepared in their kitchen, compared to 18 percent who are unconcerned about the safety of food when eating out. While CDC data indicates about half of outbreaks occur at restaurants or delis, most foodborne illnesses go undiagnosed or unreported.
UF/IFAS PIE Center Public Opinion Survey


Register and participate in the free webinar series, on Dec. 17 at 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central) to hear a discussion of the results of the study and the public’s surprising reactions. Space is limited, so register now!

Use the following link to register for the Public Opinion of Food Safety Webinar:





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