majority of Americans feel industry doesn’t do enough
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2 avril 09
On the heels of the largest product recall in U.S. history, an ASQ
survey reveals that although the majority of the food industry may be
following safe production procedures, the majority of the public doesn’t
feel it does enough.
Food safety is still igniting widespread concern according to the survey
of U.S. adults conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of ASQ. ASQ
conducted the survey to gauge how consumers feel about food safety, food
recalls and where responsibility lies when it comes to tainted food. The
• 93 percent of adults say food manufacturers, growers or suppliers should
be held legally responsible when individuals are fatally sickened by
• 61 percent of U.S. adults feel the U.S. food recall process is only fair
• 73 percent of adults say they are as equally concerned about food safety
as the war on terror.
• 82 percent of adults believe that the food industry should be required to
follow international standards on food safety.
“The United States overall does have a safe food supply,” said Steven
Wilson, member of ASQ’s Board of Directors and ASQ food safety expert.
“However, whether food manufacturers have process controls in place or not,
some have plant sanitation issues that they need to address.” Wilson said
there are also other issues to consider. “The problem lies with a specific
outbreak. Determining its root cause is often difficult and necessary,
otherwise correcting the root cause and preventing future outbreaks can’t
- Government’s Role in Food Safety
Eighty percent of adults believe that the federal government should select
the agencies that inspect the facilities of food manufacturers.
Interestingly, less than half (48 percent) said that they actually trust
the government’s ability to ensure the safety of food products. Also, only
half believe the federal government does a good job enforcing laws that
ensure our nation’s food supply is safe. This survey was conducted online
within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of ASQ from
February 25-27, 2009, among 2,078 adults ages 18 and older. This online
survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of
theoretical sampling error can be calculated.