Food Safety Recalls: Consumers Know, But Don’t Act

Earlier today, Rutgers’ Food Policy Institute released a study reporting that many Americans fail to check their homes for recalled food products.

The study demonstrates widespread awareness of food safety recalls, but shows that only about 60 percent of those in the study sample reported ever having looked for recalled food in their homes — and only 10 percent said they had ever found a recalled food product.

“Most respondents also said they pay a great deal of attention to food recalls and, when they learn about them, they tell many other people. But 40 percent of these consumers think the foods they purchase are less likely to be recalled than those purchased by others, appearing to believe that food recalls just don’t apply to them.” [emphasis added]

The announcement of summarized study results may be found here, while the full 32-page report can be found here.

You may also consult a complete listing of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service Recall Case Archive for all food safety recalls since 1994.

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 9:17 am  Leave a Comment  

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