Previous consumer attitudes surveys
From 2001 to 2007, the FSA conducted the Consumer Attitudes Survey on an annual basis to investigate people’s attitudes to food. The survey covered issues such as safety and hygiene, nutrition, diet and shopping.
The results of these surveys informed us about consumer trends around food and helped us to decide which areas we need to focus on to boost public confidence about food standards and safety.
A one-off Public Attitudes to Food Issues survey was carried out in 2008 to investigate the public's views to food issues that had not been measured for some time. Areas covered by the survey included food prices, additives, pesticides, veterinary medicines and allergy information. The report also showed that three in ten people would use the Internet to find out information about food, and one in five had heard of or visited one of the Agency’s websites.
A new survey – ‘Food and You’ – has been developed following a recommendation by the FSA's independent advisory committee, the Social Science Research Committee, to establish a new survey on attitudes and behaviours. The committee also recommended the FSA expanded the remit of the existing survey and increase the demographic information collected and improve confidence in applying the results to the general population.