Sugar remains key concern in FSA survey

The amount of sugar in food remains the top worry for consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Concern about sugar has risen more than any other issue since the Food Standards Agency (FSA) started its biannual public attitudes tracker in November 2010 (from 39% to 55%).

Other concerns in the latest wave of the tracker (undertaken in May 2018 and published last week) included the amount of salt (41%), fat (38%) and saturated fat (35%) in food.

Worries about the kind of food aimed at children continue to increase – from 22% in the first wave to 29% this year. Just over one in four people (26%) reported concern about the use of hormones, steroids or antibiotics in food.

The top food safety issues of concern were food hygiene when eating out (33%), chemicals from the environment found in food (30%), food additives (29%) and food poisoning (28%).

Only 15% of respondents were aware of specific rules about allergens, with 11% reporting they have a food allergy or intolerance.

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