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.
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.
* 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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BfR. (April 29, 2020). To what extent are you personally worried or not worried about the following health and consumer issues?* [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/992577/concern-over-food-safety-in-germany/
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