Concern over food safety in Germany 2020

German consumers were most worried about antibiotic resistance components and microplastics in food as of February 2020. These figures are revealed in a survey conducted among the German population, asking to what extent consumers were personally worried about the health and consumer issues listed in this graph.

Food safety

Most recently, the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit, BVL) published 161 warnings about food products. This office is the leading national authority, on a government level, for measures relating to food safety in Germany. The BVL also contributes to the exchange of warnings about food products between German Federal States and other EU countries. German consumers pursue a variety of methods to be informed about groceries and food. The majority talked to family and friends, as well as paying attention to information provided by the manufacturer. Various reasons led consumers to buy organic groceries, the leading being concern for animal welfare, support of regional companies and products, as well as contributing to effective environmental protection.

Global leaders

On a global scale, the U.S. has the biggest market for food safety and testing systems. Germany, though, comes in second place, followed by the United Kingdom in the top three. In terms of buying organic groceries, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden were ahead of Germany.

To what extent are you personally worried or not worried about the following health and consumer issues?*

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

February 2020

Number of respondents

1,122 respondents

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

Private households

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

* Scale from 1 to 5 whereby 1 stands for "not worried". The scale values of 4 and 5 ("worried") are depicted in this statistic. Multiple answers were possible.

The BfR (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung/German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Consumer Monitor is a key instrument of consumer health protection as it provides a representative population survey every six months that provides answers to the public's concerns about consumer health issues.

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