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Share of people concerned by food safety in the U.S. 2018-2019

A survey conducted between 2018 and 2019 revealed that the presence of bacteria and toxins in contaminated food was the main concern among U.S. food consumers, due to the danger of possible foodborne illness. About 30 percent of them saw it as the most harmful issue, while it was ranked as second- and third-most serious issue by 31.5 percent of the respondents.

Share of people concerned by food safety in the U.S. between 2018 and 2019, by topic

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 22 to April 9, 2019

Number of respondents

1,012 respondents

Age group

18-80 years

Special properties

Dynata's consumer panel

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "What in your opinion are the three most important food safety issues today? Please rank from 1 to 3, with 1=Most Important."

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